well that leaves me with 2 questions:
1. does linux have a default driver that will work with most receivers?
2. is there a decent gps receiver that is known to work with linux kernel 2.6.X and is <= $60
on prolific's page for the pl2303 driver it has this:
PL-2303 (Chip H/HX/X) Linux driver for RedHat 7.3/8.0/9.0 Only.
NOTE: No need to install drivers for following:
Linux Kernel 2.4.10 and above already includes built-in drivers for PL-2303H.
Linux Kernel 2.4.31 and above already includes built-in drivers for PL-2303H, PL-2303XA/HXA and PL-2303HXD.
NOTE: Google Android OS is also based on Linux kernel so it also supports PL2303.
i hope that means it will work