[clug] GPS on Linux

Brenda Moon brenda at moon.net.au
Wed Aug 12 23:05:38 MDT 2009

I used maemo-mapper on my Nokia 770 and it was excellent.  https://garage.maemo.org/projects/maemo-mapper

There is a fork of it available that runs on Linux desktops which is  
customised for open street map - http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/User:Onion/Mapper 

The source code is available for both versions.

MaemoMapper was able to use a lot of different map repositories.



On 13/08/2009, at 2:30 PM, Ian McLeod wrote:

> Thanks this is excellent information.
> Google Earth on Windows handles NMEA compliant input data, however  
> this was removed from the Linux Google Earth version.
> There are some workarounds however, and at least the device should  
> work.
> I have noticed a few open source solutions that can integrate with  
> commercial mapping providers like Google Earth, in addition to OSM.
> I look forward to playing around with this on the new MSI Netbook.
> Cheers,
> Ian
> David Tulloh wrote:
>> Ian McLeod wrote:
>>> Would something like this work ok? Both USB GPS devices. Quite  
>>> accurate apparently?
>>> GlobalSat BU-353 SiRF III GPS Mouse
>>> Or
>>> Transystem iGPS-M Pro 32 Channel MTK GPS
>>> http://www.octapc.com.au/category732_1.htm
>> SiRF is the market leader and generally considered the one to beat,  
>> I'm not familiar with iGPS.
>> It's difficult to compare consumer devices as they tend not to give  
>> you any meaningful data, both of those products talk NMEA and  
>> should work with Linux.
>> Finding a review that's using it in the same environment and for  
>> the same purposes as you would probably be the best guide.
>> Ignore the channel count it's just marketing. You never get more  
>> than ten strong satellites in the sky and the performance  
>> improvements after about eight would be almost nonexistent.
>> I would probably tend towards SiRF as the more experienced product.
>> David
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