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    Cyburbian jordanb's avatar
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    GRASS and TIGER 2000?

    I managed to get GRASS running on my linux computer at home, but I don't have data for it. I've heard it suggested that you can put TIGER 2000 as distributed by the Census Bureau into it but I don't know how. Does anyone have any experience loading TIGER into GRASS?
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    What is your impression of GRASS? Have you been able to test it yet?

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    I've only used the sample data.

    It was clearly built with people who are very familar with Unix in mind, as its primary interface is a shell complete with command switches and output redirection. Also much of its documentation is in the form of Unix man pages.

    Even for a Unix user though, there's a much steeper learning curve than with ArcView, and it's not nearly as interactive. The maps I've been able to make look pretty amaturish but I think it's because I don't understand it well enough yet.

    But you can't beat the price.

    So I suppose it's like all Free Software: It'll do what you want but you have to be willing to put in some effort. For a city deciding which package to use, it'd be more expensive to get your staff trained on GRASS than to just buy an Arc* product.

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