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jroa1
10th June 2011, 07:13 PM
I am thinking about buying a GPS adapter that connects to a USB port. This should make my netbook function like a car navigation system. I was wondering if anyone has experience with one of these, and in particular, has anyone had luck running the software on Fedora? If not, I still have Win7 as a dual boot, but I would prefer to keep Fedora running.

I run Fedora 13 and the netbook is an Acer Aspire One.

Here is a link to an example of what I am looking for.

http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/gps-receiver-usb-adapter-for-computers-netbook-laptop-umpc/

Thanks

jvillain
10th June 2011, 08:09 PM
Only certain GPS will allow you to output the coordinates over the USB link. I have a Maestro for example that will not do that. All it will allow me to do is access the the hard drive over USB. So if you want that ability you need to make sure your GPS will support it.

Other than that though the open source GPS tools seem to be getting pretty good. For people who are into boating and are looking for navigational software and charts on the cheap http://opencpn.org/ is an option. It allows you to use openseamap charts in KAP format. http://map.openseamap.org. So you can get free charts from around the world.

openseamap.org is a derivative of openstreetmap.org.

If you are looking for a way to contribute to the commons but aren't a programmer maybe help fill in the maps with the area around where you live.