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The Big List Of Free Basic GIS Programs – A Through H

The backlog of topics for this blog continues to grow beyond my ability to keep up with it, and current work demands make it unlikely I’ll be able to catch up soon (though I should still be able to put up new posts at about the same rate). So I thought I’d do a quick set of posts on various types of GIS software, including both those that I have looked at in some detail, as well as those that I’ve given either a cursory look, or none at all. Let me know which ones I’ve missed, and I’ll add them to the list (and put up a separate post on them if warranted). I welcome comments on any of these programs, especially those I haven’t really posted on yet; if the comment is long enough, I’ll put it up as a full guest post. And I’m likely to come back to some of these in greater detail in the future.

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GIS-Oriented Linux Distributions

Frank over at wants to know where the GIS-oriented Linux distributions are. Well, here are three four:

GIS-Knoppix: A GIS-oriented version of the bootable Knoppix Linux distribution, but can be installed on your computer as well. Has GRASS, OpenJump, qGIS, MapServer, Thuban, and a bunch more.

Host-GIS: A Linux distribution designed around MapServer; comes with example installations and data.

Archeos: An archaeology-oriented Linux distribution, but with lots of GIS applications as well (GRASS, MapServer, OpenJump, SAGA, etc.). But good luck downloading a copy of this – not only is it over 1 GB in size (a DVD ISO file), but if my browser doesn’t crash when I try to download it, I get a 404 error page.\

Arch Linux (AEGIS): Mentioned in the comments; GRASS, JUMP, qGIS, MapServer and a bunch more.

I install a copy of Linux on my computer every few years, then take it off – doesn’t offer enough value for the time it takes to install, configure and learn it. I may give Wubi a try, since it seems to simplify the installation process for Ubuntu in Windows, and I’m waiting to see what happens with LINA, a project to make Linux software runnable on Windows and Macintosh with a native OS look-and-feel.