Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information
System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. QGIS supports
vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is licensed under the GNU
General Public License. QGIS lets you browse and create map data on your
computer. It supports many common spatial data formats (e.g. ESRI
ShapeFile, geotiff). QGIS supports plugins to do things like display tracks
from your GPS. QGIS is Open Source software and its free of cost. We
welcome contributions from our user community in the form of code
contributions, bug fixes, bug reports, contributed documentation, advocacy
and supporting other users on our mailing lists and forums. Financial
contributions are also welcome. This release introduces several new
features including python support and many new GRASS modules. The release
also includes numerous bug fixes and stability improvements. QGIS is
available is source form, and as binary
executables for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux. All versions
can be obtained from our download page at . As an
open source project, we provide support for using QGIS via our mailing
lists and bug tracker:

    Major changes in this release are:

  • over 60 bug fixes
  • legend improvements
  • revision of toolbars and dialogs for consistency improved
  • extended QML style support
  • automated generation of projection information in srs.db
  • improved view and filter for GRASS toolbox
  • support for Qt4.2.x discontinued
  • separation of python support into its own library

QGIS is a completely volunteer driven project, and is the work of a
dedicated team of developers, documenters and supporters. We extend our
thanks and gratitude for the many, many hours people have contributed to
make this release happen.

The visual changelog will be published at shortly –
visit that page for more for details.