What's up in DebianGis?
[ Please contribute with your notes about DebianGis stuff, for drafting the regular half-year report ]
- Mainstream packages now available in sid/lenny:
- gdal 1.4.2
- grass 6.2.2
- mapserver 4.10.3 (5.0 on svn)
- qgis 0.8.1
A new branch for grass 6.3 from CVS has been added to DebianGis svn repository. It will be updated from time to time using 6.3 snapshots.
[:DebianGis/LiveImages:Live CD image] with the GIS tools available in Debian is created based on the draft tasksel task.
ogdi-dfsg and gdal 1.4.1 accepted in [http://www.backports.org/ backports.org]. Main up-to-date DebianGis packages can now enter straight on the Etch backports archive. DebianGis thermometer script changed to include backports archive status from now on.
- grass 6.2.2 in sid (upstream released on 16th)
- An updated mainstream toolchain is available for both etch and lenny with all greatest hits:
- gdal 1.4.1 (with KML and OGDI suppport!)
- grass 6.2.1 (6.2.2rc1 available)
- qgis 0.8.0 (0.8.1 in preparation)
- mapserver 4.10.1
- thuban 1.2.0
- New packages entered the archive:
- Geotiff (still not in main, due to license issues for some data)
Packages now under the DebianGis maintainance umbrella:
DebianGis wiki moved to the official Debian wiki.
- ECW library has gone. Ermapper changed previous license in an EULA, so packaging is no more possible.
DebianGis Report Draft (to be removed after issuing on d-d-a)
Hi Debian fellows Long time has passed since the DebianGis manifesto  appeared on this list. During last DebConf 2007 in Edimburgh  we defined a few medium time goals for our very specialized project. One of those goals is reporting to the general audience of developers what we call our "Status of the Map" - with an expression stolen to the widely known OpenStreetMap Project without any shame :) - in order to show how sexy and actractive can be a GIS-related Debian sub-project, say what we have done so far and what are our next goals. So here we go, let me start the first official report from the DebianGis Team... Who we are ---------- DebianGis is a seasoned sub-project launched at the end of 2004 thanks to the efforts of a tiny group of Debian developers and users. The main goal of DebianGis has been since then heading Debian to become the best GNU/Linux distribution oriented to serious Geographical Information Systems (GIS) users and applications . After almost three years of development we can say to be currently the reference distribution on that regards, with also some upstream developers who follow our main mailing list and give feedbacks. Almost exactly one year ago we presented DebianGis at FOSS4GIS , the leading FOSS conference of the GIS sector. Status of the Map ----------------- Our main efforts have been concentrated on packaging the mainstream GIS applications, such as Grass, Qgis, GDAL/OGR, Mapserver and PostGis for both desktop and server applications. We also extended maintainance to main libraries and tools previously under management of one single developer, like HDF4/5, Proj4 and GMT. A complete list of packages under team responsibility/monitoring is available on our Package Status Thermometer , along with a still long list of packages which we would like to see added to the Debian archive. Our main packages are almost continuosly up-to-date in sid/testing and globally in very good shape on the subversion archive, so that many users are happy of using Debian as their main distribution also for leading edge development workstations. Recently, we moved our old information wiki on the official Debian wiki and dropped our local archive in favor of maintainance of DebianGIS packages on Backports.org  for supporting stable backports on more architectures and minimizing administration efforts. Next goals ---------- * Some specific packages such as Ossim and gvSIG. * Java-related Gis applications and libraries for desktop and servers, such as uDig and Geotools. * Perl Geo:: modules packaging. * Python and Ruby modules/binding packaging. * Grass add-ons. * World domination. What we need ------------ Our goals are ambitious and extended, we need more interested and motivated people, possibly with some GIS experiences in order to have positive feedbacks with our upstreams and being able of reproduce and fixing complicated bugs. Many GIS-related program are complex and are charming challenges for maintainers. We don't like trivial packages :) References: ~~~~~~~~~~~  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/10/msg00007.html  http://wiki.debian.org/DebianGis/EdiMeetingMinutes  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gis  http://www.foss4g2006.org/  http://pkg-grass.alioth.debian.org/debiangis-status.html  http://www.backports.org/ -- Francesco P. Lovergine (in behalf of the DebianGis team)