[clug] tomtom one
kim at holburn.net
Tue Jul 31 08:14:38 GMT 2007
I got a Tomtom One recently and it is a pretty useful gadget. The
device itself is pretty stable and easy to use but the software that
comes with it to communicate with your PC is pretty dreadful. I just
assumed it was written for windows because it is buggy and crashes a
lot. They only seem to produce a Windows and Mac version of the
software. Then reading about the device I find it is linux based
<http://www.tomtom.com/gpl>. Although it seems like it is not simple
to recreate the compile environment.
In general I was surprised because the tomtom seems an incredibly
closed environment - difficult to do anything other than what they
want you to do. In some ways this is good, like when I am driving in
difficult environments, it is nice to have a device that is stable
and easy to use and quick to adjust. On the other hand there's
always a limit to the flexibility and easy of use.
I don't understand how they could mix GPL, LGPL and proprietary
software essentially on one embedded device.
> The TomTom Software, as published by TomTom B.V.
> * The Tomtom navigation software is closed source. But it
> required some software under GPL to be installed, and their sources
> have been published at http://www.tomtom.com/page.php?Page=gpl
I expect this sort of thing would get much more difficult with GPL3.
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