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On Feb 28, 2007, at 5:15 PM, Tim Bowden wrote:


I've just started looking at qgis and have a few questions. On the home page, the current release link points to version 0.7.4 but the downloads
page points to 0.8.0.  Is 0.8.0 considered a stable release?

Yes, this is an oversight and is in the process of being corrected.

While my preferred environment is ubuntu, I need to experiment with qgis on windows for a clients project. My understanding was that qgis relies
heavily on grass.  Can anyone give me a quick overview describing the
inter-relationship between qgis and grass (especially on windows; I was
under the impression that grass was not a goer on windows). To what
extend does qgis rely on grass for its functionality?

QGIS does not rely heavily on or require GRASS and works fine without it, giving you the ability to work with OGR supported data formats (eg shapefiles), as well as PostGIS layers. The GRASS plugin provides access to GRASS data and allows you to create, edit, and analyze data. It is a fairly complete implementation and comes bundled with the Windows version. On other platforms, you must have a GRASS install to use the Plugin. If you don't need/want GRASS support, you simply don't load the plugin.

Is qgis a suitable base for customising gis applications? I'm thinking of being able to add menu items for things like predefined queries, data
entry etc.  Is it easy to do this from the user environment?  I'd like
to make it as easy as possible for non skilled users to produce standard
mapping reports or do regular data entry.

Yes, we have a number of tutorials for creating custom applications available at http://blog.qgis.org. The 0.9 release of QGIS will support creating applications using Python.

- -gary

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