This upcoming stability release provides a series of stability fixes,
manual improvements and a few language translations. This second
release candidate provides 55 fixes and improvements
with respect to RC1. It is expected that RC2 will be turned into the
final release of GRASS GIS 7.0.1 after a short period of testing.
About GRASS GIS 7: Its new graphical user interface supports the user to make complex GIS operations as simple as possible. A new Python interface to the C library
permits users to create new GRASS GIS-Python modules in a simple way
while yet obtaining powerful and fast modules. Furthermore, the
libraries were significantly improved for speed and efficiency, along with support for huge files. A lot of effort has been invested to standardize parameter and flag names. Finally, GRASS GIS 7 comes with a series of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, along with a full temporal framework. For a detailed overview, see the list of new features. As a stable release 7.0 will enjoy long-term support.
The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (http://grass.osgeo.org/),
commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open Source Geographic
Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial
processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite. GRASS GIS
includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector
data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of
satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to
produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS
has been translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge
array of data formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone
application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R
geostatistics. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU
General Public License (GPL). GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open
Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).