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SharpyWarpy 04-22-2013 07:55 AM

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.

cortman 04-22-2013 09:16 AM

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.

SharpyWarpy 04-22-2013 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by cortman (Post 4936501)
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.

guyonearth 04-22-2013 01:35 PM

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.

SharpyWarpy 04-22-2013 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guyonearth (Post 4936663)
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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