PostGIS 1.5.0 released

I hardly believed my eyes the other day when I saw the headlines roll. PostGIS 1.5.0 is released and totally without any suffix like beta or rc 🙂

With 1.5.0 the knowledge has reached PostGIS that the planet Tellus is not flat but a globe. You can now calculate the distance from Stockholm, Sweden to Oshakati in northern Namibia without the need to dig a tunnel to get the same answer from practical measuring. If you use the new geographical storage type you will get the distance around the globe from point 1 to point 2. 

But still most of the PostGIS functionality is only applicable to the planar way of looking at the earth, one part at a time.

The full release document can be found here:

http://postgis.org/news/20100204

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