[clug] GPS maps

Leigh Purdie intersect at gmail.com
Thu May 18 11:50:37 GMT 2006

G'day Boris,

Have a peek at 'gpsdrive' - http://gpsdrive.kraftvoll.at/

Worked beautifully for me when we did a wireless survey several years back.

w.r.t map source, I can't help much - but if you are happy to use satellite
map data (and it's just for personal use), google probably won't mind you
using the following trick to grab a nice big .png of your normal travelling


   $ vncserver -geometry 10240x7680 -depth 16 (for a map of around
   10000x7600 pixels)

   $ vncviewer -noauto localhost:1 &

   $ DISPLAY=localhost:1;export DISPLAY

   $ firefox &

 In your new 'huge' desktop, find the centre-point of the map you require,
at the required zoom level, then bookmark the link. Maximise your firefox
window, select the bookmark, then wait for everything to load. Once your
images have loaded, take a screenshot of the window, and save to an
appropriate location.


On 5/18/06, Rousak, Boris <Boris.Rousak at industry.gov.au> wrote:
> Greets to all,
> Does anyone know of any software that would be able to draw maps on my
> laptop and in conjunction with a GPS guide me along them. Sort of like
> the thing you see in PDAs these days but for linux? I wanted to use my
> laptop for incar navigation but found a surprising lack of software and
> more importantly... maps. The machine boots Ubuntu and FC4, but the
> source would also be fine.
> Would such a beast exist even? or am I going about it the wrong way?
> Cheers,
> Boris
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