I’m a big fan of qGIS, my favorite GIS desktop client. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS, a.k.a Hardy Heron, and was amazed to find that qGIS was no longer part of the standard Ubuntu repositories, which is absolutely dissapointing – anyways, here is a workaround to getting qGIS installed on Ubuntu. Of course, compiling from source is always an option, but I’m going with the ‘Ubuntu way’ here.
The latest version of QGIS for Ubuntu is available at http://ppa.launchpad.net/qgis/ubuntu/. Add this entry:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/qgis/ubuntu/ hardy main
to your Sources list, usually available at
And Update your Ubuntu sources:
sudo apt-get update
Now install qgis:
sudo apt-get install qgis
However, when I tried starting qGIS from the command line, I got the following 2 errors/warnings:
Couldn’t load SIP module. Python support will be disabled
Couldn’t load PyQt bindings. Python support will be disabled.
The above 2 can be corrected by installing the following packages in Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install python-sip4
sudo apt-get install python-qt4
And with the above steps completed, I now can run QGIS again. Viva GIS 🙂