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Old 04-22-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Question What GPS is compatible with Linux?


I'm looking for a GPS (global positioning system) that's compatible with Linux. I just converted my brother to Linux, Fedora 18. He's a bit bummed 'cause his TomTom One isn't supported. Yeah, I've heard it is but we run the risk of bricking the TomTom. So I'm steering clear of that. I DON'T want him going back to Windows. The TomTom is over 5 years old and it shouldn't be too hard to talk him into buying a new one if it's compatible. He's using a 4 year old Asus laptop that's pretty fast so that's not a problem. Plenty of RAM and hard drive space, Intel CPU. Thanks ahead of time.
 
Old 04-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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Perhaps you should just keep a virtual machine on hand running Windows for these few tasks that can't be (guaranteed safely) accomplished in GNU/Linux.
He already owns a license (the one that came with the laptop), so it shouldn't entail any more expense.
I know this isn't really the answer you're looking for (sorry) but it may be a possible solution. I don't know which or if any GPS can be updated, etc., through GNU/Linux.
 
Old 04-22-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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Perhaps you should just keep a virtual machine on hand running Windows for these few tasks that can't be (guaranteed safely) accomplished in GNU/Linux.
He already owns a license (the one that came with the laptop), so it shouldn't entail any more expense.
I know this isn't really the answer you're looking for (sorry) but it may be a possible solution. I don't know which or if any GPS can be updated, etc., through GNU/Linux.
Thanks. I'll continue to stay away from Windows, however. It's just too frustrating, holding one's breath booting.
 
Old 04-22-2013, 01:35 PM   #4
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There is no GPS unit that has update software that runs on Linux. It's a non-starter for a lot of reasons, not the least that the user base is miniscule, and there are so many versions of Linux floating around that it would be a nightmare trying to keep any complex app up to date.
 
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:31 PM   #5
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There is no GPS unit that has update software that runs on Linux. It's a non-starter for a lot of reasons, not the least that the user base is miniscule, and there are so many versions of Linux floating around that it would be a nightmare trying to keep any complex app up to date.
Thank you for the reply. I kinda figured as much. Now I have to figure out a way to tell my brother! Thanks again, rep added.
 
  


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