Saturday 20 September 2008

GeoFOSS LiveDVD - test it before we burn it

LISAsoft have built a LiveDVD containing a stack of quality, Open Source, Geospatial Software. The DVD will be handed out at FOSS4G 2008 and we want help testing it before we burn it.
Download the FOSS4G-2008-LiveDVD image from: .
Deadline for testing
Please download and complete testing by Close of Business, Wednesday 24 September.
Could you please download the image, see if you can boot your computer from using the LiveDVD image, and report your results on our wiki at:
How to use the LiveDVD
The FOSS4G 2008 LiveDVD is an Ubuntu based distribution of software with a stack of Open Source Geospatial software installed on it.
To use the LiveDVD, a user should insert the DVD into your computer, then start or reset their computer so that the computer uses the LiveDVD operating system instead of the existing system. To return to normal, merely remove the LiveDVD and restart the computer and everything will be exactly as it was before.
Contents of the LiveDVD
The LiveDVD is based upon Xubuntu 8.04 (a derivative of Ubuntu linux) and extends Omniverdi's previous LiveDVD.

It also contains the following:


GeoServer 1.6.4 GDAL 1.5.0 GRASS 6.3.0
gvSIG 1.1.1 Java 1.6.0 PgAdmin 1.6.3
PostGIS 1.3.1 PostgreSQL 8.3.1 Proj 4.5.0
QGIS 0.11.0 R 2.4.1

Windows Installers:

FWTools 2.2.1 gvSIG 1.1.1
ms4w 2.2.8 QGIS 0.11.0
WinGRASS 6.3.0


North Carolina GRASS Dataset QGIS Alaskan Dataset Spearfish
Tasmania Dataset US States NYC Dataset

More details can be found at:

Thanks to:
  • Mark Leslie and Stefan Hansen from LISAsoft who have been putting in extra hours getting a quality DVD out.
  • Omniverdi for providing ground work that we can build upon.
  • Lots of others from the packaging email lists who have offered advise and testing.
  • And of course, all the software developers who have built the open source packages that we have packaged.

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