Thanks Gary,  that was just the info I was after.  Much appreciated.

Regards,
Tim Bowden

On Wed, 2007-02-28 at 18:03 -0900, Gary Sherman wrote:
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> On Feb 28, 2007, at 5:15 PM, Tim Bowden wrote:
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> > Hi,
> >
> > 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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