We are pleased to announce the release of a new stable version of
GRASS GIS. This release fixes issues discovered in the 6.4.3 version of
the program and adds a number of new features. This release includes
over 340 updates to the source code since 6.4.3. As a stable release
series, the 6.4 line will enjoy long-term support and incremental
enhancements while preserving backwards-compatibility with the entire
GRASS 6 line.
Key improvements of the GRASS GIS 6.4.4 release include a complete rewrite of the r.li suite, major fixes for buffers (v.buffer, now based on GEOS library),
major speedup for some vector modules (v.rast.stats and v.in.gpsbabel),
various fixes for the portable wxPython based graphical interface
(wxNVIZ, Location Wizard or Cartographic Composer), enabled Cairo driver
for MS-Windows, and more user message translations.
GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is a free and open source
Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite used for geospatial
data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and map
production, spatial modeling, and 3D visualization. GRASS GIS is
currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as
well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting
companies. GRASS GIS can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend
for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is a
founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).