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Introducing the DebianGis subproject

DebianGis is a new sub-project recently launched thanks to the efforts of a                                                  
group of Debian developers and users. The goal of DebianGis is to create a                                                   
Custom Debian Distribution [1] oriented to serious Geographical Information                                                  
Systems (GIS) users and applications [2].                                                                                    
Debian already includes several GIS oriented programs and libraries, thus                                                    
our first aim is to coordinate development efforts. In addition, at this                                                     
stage we wish to collect as much information as possible on users' needs                                                     
and suggestions.                                                                                                             
In the future we would broaden the project to include other Earth Observation                                                
software categories in order to create the first all Free Software [3]                                                       
distribution dedicated to Remote Sensing, Earth Observation, and Geographical                                                
Information Systems.                                                                                                         
Of course, all people interested are invited to join us. We are currently                                                    
using the pkg-grass project site on Alioth [4] to provide a mailing list [5]                                                 
and wiki [6].                                                                                                                
Stay tuned, more novelties would come as soon as possible...                                                                 


[1] http://wiki.debian.net/index.cgi?CustomDebian                                                                            
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gis                                                                                         
[3] http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html                                                                               
[4] https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pkg-grass/                                                                            
[5] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-grass-general                                                        
[6] http://pkg-grass.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl                                                                       

The DebianGis Team 

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