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Learning QGIS 2.0 by Anita Graser

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Chapter 1. Getting Started with QGIS

In this chapter, we will install and configure the QGIS geographic information system. We will also get to know the user interface and how to customize it. By the end of this chapter, you will have QGIS running on your machine and be ready to start with the tutorials.

Installing QGIS

QGIS runs on Windows, various Linux distributions, Unix, Mac OS X, and Android. Also, the QGIS Project provides ready-to-use packages as well as instructions for building from source code on download.qgis.org. We will cover how to install QGIS on the two most common systems, Windows and Ubuntu, as well as how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

Like many other open source projects, QGIS offers you a choice between a stable release ...

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