Is the GIS equivalent of "Hello world!" = "You are here?"
I installed ubuntuGIS recently, but I'm a little overwhelmed navigating the network of many packages to begin accomplishing simple things. I'd like to explore GIS more thoroughly (I have made maps using R and techniques like these).
Are there any resources minimally illustrating going from...
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ppa && sudo apt-get install qgis to
Point B: Here is a simple world map with a marker for your location?
Or could someone propose this "hello world" to get newbies started? I think a tiny, simple project like this---"print where you are in the world" analogous to "print words on a screen" would be a very good learning tool for providing some narrative, tutorial context---something like giving a newbie a "roadmap" to making maps.