Had to post this for my favorite everyday GIS app. Make sure you visit the visual release changelog.
Dear QGIS Users, Developers and FOSSGIS devotees,
We are extremely pleased to announce the release of QGIS 1.0 and the shiny new QGIS 1.0 User's Guide. We have also revamped our web site at http://qgis.org.
This release is the culmination of literally hundreds of hours of work by a team of developers, translators, documentation writers, and graphics designers.
QGIS began life in February of 2002, with the first release in June of the same year. The initial goal was to create a viewer for PostGIS data that ran on Linux. From those humble beginnings, QGIS has become a true cross-platform application that runs on all major versions of unix, Linux, as well as Mac and Windows. It supports editing and map composition as well as integration with GRASS to provide powerful GIS capability. QGIS has been translated into many languages by a dedicated internationalization team.
At 1.0 we provide a stable API from which you can develop custom solutions in Python or C++. Even though 1.0 is fresh, there are a number of exciting developments underway in both the core application and plugins. Although it took nearly 7 years to get to version 1.0, I think
you'll find that this version is the best yet. Thanks for using QGIS---you, the users, have played a large part in its success.
-- Gary Sherman, Chair, QGIS Project Steering Committee
For more detailed release information, visit:
For Gnu/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows downloads, visit:
Source code and User's Guide are also available from this site.