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Default External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 12-23-2008, 07:30 PM

Hi,

I am thinking about adding an external GPS unit capability to my Ubuntu driven Mini9 using a software plus external GPS receiver package. I've been researching the subject and come across several options: Delorme's Earthmate GPS LP-40 & Street Atlas 2009, Microsoft's Streets and Trips with GPS 2009, Garmin's Mobile 10 Laptop GPS (Bluetooth), and Garmin's Mobile 20 Laptop GPS (USB). All these are for Windows, though they say you can run them on a Mac using Bootcamp or Parallel. Ideally I'd like using a wireless/Bluetooth GPS receiver, but a USB receiver is acceptable. Are their any other laptop GPS options out there for Linux/Ubuntu? Has anyone tried to run them on the Mini9 using Ubuntu and WINE, or another Windows emulator for Linux? If so, what was your experience? What do you recommend?Apologies if the questions are basic, as I am a noob at these things. :| Many thanks for your help!


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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 12-23-2008, 10:01 PM

I'd be very interested in hearing about this one myself...

I'm a GPS newbie too.


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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 12-24-2008, 01:19 PM

Let me join to the company.
I'm interested in using the Mini as a Navigator.
Presently, I downloaded only the Qlandkarte (http://qlandkarte.sourceforge.net/) as an offline mapping facility.
The maps I use (Italy and Switzerland) allow to drive without losing ourselves, but a GPS-connected navigator would be very different.


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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 01-01-2009, 02:48 PM

Well, I discovered GpsDrive (usable either with or without gps).
See:
http://www.michelem.org/2007/08/01/usar ... mtom-free/
http://www.gpsdrive.de/index.shtml
http://www.openstreetmap.org/
http://kmlcollection.googlepages.com/co ... click.html

The site talks about a stable release (2.09 "quite old now") and a current 2.10pre6.
Synaptic downloads 2.10pre4.

It has several problems on my Mini:
- it crashes a lot of times
- often jumps where is not requested to
- no way to resize the window in order to display it all (no way to see the data at the bottom)
- if you download two maps of the same place with different scales it chooses the one with high resolution
- the zoom function zooms only the displayed image
The project is interesting but useless for me.


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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 01-26-2009, 01:47 AM

Try xastir.

It is actually an APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) client, but it offers downloadable maps at various zoom levels, weather overlays, and a host of other features. It has been awhile since I have used it, but it worked well for GPS mapping. The biggest problem is that it does not do routing.
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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 03-16-2009, 09:46 PM

anyone have any luck with this ?

i'm giving viking a shot - http://sourceforge.net/projects/viking/

i had to compile version 0.9.8 from source -- the version on the repositories for 8.10 is 0.9.6 and for 8.04 is 0.9.3

i tried 0.9.3 and 0.9.6 and nothing really worked in those versions...

i have maps showing up in 0.9.8 removed google maps support... i have it set up using maps from openstreetmaps now... trying to figure out how to get turn by turn directions and later when i'm outside i'll see if i can get a GPS signal. i'm using a pharos gps-360 usb dongle that came with MS Streets and Trips... i believe it's a sirfstar iii chip.


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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 04-24-2009, 11:53 AM

anyone have experience with http://roadnav.sourceforge.net/


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Default Re: External GPS and Software that works with Linux? - 04-27-2009, 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by timxpx
anyone have any luck with this ?

i'm giving viking a shot - http://sourceforge.net/projects/viking/

i had to compile version 0.9.8 from source -- the version on the repositories for 8.10 is 0.9.6 and for 8.04 is 0.9.3

i tried 0.9.3 and 0.9.6 and nothing really worked in those versions...

i have maps showing up in 0.9.8 removed google maps support... i have it set up using maps from openstreetmaps now... trying to figure out how to get turn by turn directions and later when i'm outside i'll see if i can get a GPS signal. i'm using a pharos gps-360 usb dongle that came with MS Streets and Trips... i believe it's a sirfstar iii chip.
I had the same experience. No luck.


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