Once upon a time... (in 2006)
It was hard to work with open source geospatial tools, you had to use the command line to install and configure, let alone use them
QGIS was 4 years old, but not commonly used
GRASS GIS was the most common open source desktop GIS and it looked like this:
(flashback to FOSS4G 2007)
Portable GIS (noun)
Born 2006 (ish)
"por.ta.ble": capable of being carried or moved about
"g.i.s": geographical information systems
aka: GIS on a stick
What it is:
A self-contained set of the common open source GIS packages, designed to run in windows, from a USB stick
Installed using a single installer file, requiring no additional configuration or setup
Along with some Ordnance Survey Open Data
And a control panel for easy access to all the components
What it is not:
A Bootable Drive (like OSGeo Live)
Compatible with "portableapps.com"
Small- current installation is a 750MB download and 2.6GB installed
also not a stealth system
It has many potential uses; like rapid-deployment scenarios, education, training workshops, any time you want to take your work home with you...
But what software does it contain?
Where can I get it?
Download the exe file (~750MB) from:
Future Development Plans
(Easy, will happen soon(ish))
Hosting on GitHub (*)
Something clever to download latest binaries
Reduce size of download/speed of installation
*that record scratching noise people use to indicate a sudden stop*
Github hosting and code-polishing would be hipster-cool, but what I really want is for it to be useful!
So if you find it useful, then please, go ahead, use it, and send me a postcard (real or virtual)
... but if anyone has any ideas about the code-polishing, hipster-cool github stuff then...