Digital Geography

Introducing: My personal application list

Once again I switched from Windows back to Ubuntu as I only needed Win for my granted ESRI license but hated to be “interrupted” by automatic updates, missing dll libraries and crashing flash container plugins on Firefox. So now I am building my personal computational slave once again based on Ubuntu and wanted to share with you my list of applications that I need for my daily work with geodata, matrices, graphics, cartographic outputs and statistical analysis.

QGIS 2.2 on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04

QGIS on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr I’ve have started working nearly 100%, outside of work, in Ubuntu.  I was running Ubuntu 13.10 so naturally I decided to upgrade to 14.04.  My experience has been positive for the most part, but after the upgrade I was having issues with my install of QGIS 2.2.  Python – QGIS was not installing so I was not able to install any Plugins So after some digging I finally discovered that my “Software & Updates” repository for QGIS was still pointing to the Saucy Salamander (Ubuntu 13.10) package. So I changed my repository to the Trusty Tahr (Ubuntu 14.04), and…

Install QGIS 2.0 on Ubuntu

Today QGIS 2.0 was officially released and we will come up with several tutorials in the next weeks. First of all: the installation. As we are fans of open source we would like to show you the installation on a fresh build Ubuntu system: Installation on Ubuntu QGIS strongly depends on the grass libraries so as a first step we will install them: As QGIS 2.0 is not part of the official Ubuntu repositories (aka software provider) we need to enhance the list of software providers. Open up the terminal and edit the sources.list which helds this list: Now the…

create a web-map: step 2 or DIY

Since we have managed to get a very simple web-map running on our website, it may be a need for some persons to distribute their own shapefiles using a web-map. In this case it is a good choice to take a closer look on GeoServer. This will provide the mapping engine and uses the OpenLayers library for this as well. But you can skip using the basemaps and just share and show your own shapefiles and raster.

testing a new OS

every change on a working machine like your loved PC is more or less connected to loosing everything. But there may be the need for a new, improved an open source OS or the need to change this OS due to policies in your working group or institution. Using Virtualbox for trying out the one or the other operating system is great. Easy to download and open source as well. So lets go one step further and install the great Ubuntu or the LTE on this virtualbox and use it as a second guest in slave mode: If you are…

LTE: Link to Earth OS

LTE is the new OS available in a beta version for all geoscientists and interested fellows. But stay calm… There is a huge need for scientists, students and institutions for reliable, free and well documented programs in geo-related applications. So what’s better then to use Ubuntu. Actually this is a good solution as Ubuntu provides not only the biggest Linux distribution but also one with special releases called LTS which stands for Long Term Support. So you can be sure to use it longer than only two years… But one downpart was the implementation of other geo-related software. There was…

installing qgis on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Unfortunately the qgis package is not available through the Ubuntu Software Center. Yet it is of course possible to install it. Just open the terminal and add the repository of Ubuntugis to your sources for programs and install QGIS: This will install a “unstable” version of QGIS called Wroclaw: I think if this version gets the status “stable” it will be available again using the normal way of installation using the Ubuntu Software Center. Thanks for this goes to: Gis.stackexchange.com and Daniel Kerkow