[clug] GPS on Linux

Ian McLeod ianmcleod75 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 05:30:10 MDT 2009

David Tulloh wrote:
> Most GPS devices use the NMEA protocol, often with some common 
> variations.  These devices simply register as a serial device over usb 
> or any other protocol and the GPS programs talk plain text NMEA to 
> them.  If your device talks NMEA, and most do, then it will work with 
> basically anything.
> I haven't really played with the Linux mapping programs, that hasn't 
> really been my area of GPS interest.  I believe Viking uses Google Maps.
> http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/viking/index.php?title=Main_Page
> David

I ordered a BU-353 GPS dongle, should have it in time for the weekend 
drive to the coast.  Any recommendations welcome - I will need to 
download map data before going as Three are charged a fortune for 
Telstra network roaming in rural areas.

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