OpenOSX, a company that offers open-source software, is now shipping their Grass GIS Pre 4 CD.
Grass (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) GIS (Geographical Information System) is a geographical operating system. The OpenOSX Grass GIS Pre 4 CD will transform a Mac running Mac OS X into a full-fledged GIS workstation in minutes, according to Jeshua Lacock of OpenOSX.
The OpenOSX Pre 4 CD offers Mac OS 10.1 compatibility, dual-processor support, additional modules (totaling over 350), as well as bug fixes.
Grass’ features include: ortho-rectification, digital elevation model creation and editing, project/re-project raster & vector data in more then 120 projections, shaded relief with 16-bit precision, geostatistics and spatial data analysis, statistical analysis, 3D visualization and simulation modeling capabilities.
Lacock, the official maintainer of the Mac OS X port of Grass, has published the Grass Pre4 binaries for free and immediate downloading. They don’t include support or the required or optional libraries that are installed and configured by OpenOSX’s CD. The binaries may be downloaded from Grass’ home at Baylor University or from its development headquarters.
The OpenOSX Grass CD is US$40; six month CD subscriptions are available for $95. More information about the OpenOSX Grass Pre 4 CD is available online.
The folks at OpenOSX are also now accepting pre-orders for the 460 page book titled “Open Source GIS: A Grass GIS Approach.” The book has been designed to meet the needs of a professional audience composed of researchers, practitioners in industry and graduate level students in computer science and geosciences, Lacock said. OpenOSX has been chosen as the international distributor for the book, which is slated to ship next month.
OpenOSX is offering a pre-order special for the book for $90, $29 off of the suggested retail price. It can also be bundled with the Grass Pre 4 CD for $120, $39.00 off of the suggested retail price.