GRASS GIS on Handhelds
Image: GRASS on iPAQ/Linux
(Photo: Jan Stankovic/Markus Neteler, ITC-irst)
The GRASS Development Team proudly announces that
GRASS is available now for iPAQ/Linux handhelds.
We are grateful to Compaq for providing support to us to prepare the binary
version. It has been reported that the same binary also runs on Sharp/Zaurus
Image: GRASS on ZAURUS
(Photo: Luis E. Menoyo, U.S. Geological Survey)
Image: GRASS/QGIS on iPAQ: new pen-based interface
GRASS on iPAQ
We have contributed a GRASS package to the Familiar Linux
Distribution. It will become a standard Familiar package in the
upcoming Familiar 0.5.3 release. In the meantime, users of Familiar's
unstable feed can directly install grass with the command "ipkg
install grass" or through one of the graphical package management
One note of caution, when you do the ipkg install, specify where you
want GRASS to go, because the default install directory for the iPaq binary
is read-only on the Zaurus. Also, zlib and libncurses5 are required, so get
those in first.
GRASS for iPAQ/Linux handhelds was
tested on iPAQ 3870 with Familiar
Linux v0.5.1 and ICE Xwindow manager that can be found prepared in
Familiar Linux distribution. Familiar Linux installation is well described on
Download precompiled iPAQ/Linux
- Compiling locally: In the development branch in CVS (HEAD) you find a
directory "handheld/" containing a script to package sources of GRASS
libraries and a subset of commands into a new tarball. This tarball can be
compiled with another compile script also stored in that directory.
Compilation must take place on iPAQ (you may use the environment provided by
Note that compilation should be done on ipaq[1..7].handhelds.org
GRASS/iPAQ should work on any of the existing iPAQ models (31XX, 36XX, 37XX,
GRASS on Sharp/Zaurus
The software also runs on Zaurus. Go here for GRASS/Zaurus installation instructions.
Part of the GRASS/iPAQ development was done for the WebFAQ and the WILMA wireless project.
J. Stankovic, M. Neteler, and R. Flor, 2004. Mobile wireless GRASS GIS for handheld computers running
GNU/Linux. Transactions in GIS, 8(2):225-233, April 2004.
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