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Old 08-06-2007, 02:35 AM   #1
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GPS program for linux computer and compatible version for Palm handheld?

I dont know if this is possible yet but I might as well ask the question.
First of all I would like to say that a while back I bought Delorme's USA Street Atlas 2007 hand held edition.
I installed the computer version on my laptop using MS windows of course and also on the PDA. the desktop version was awesome, but the PDA version incomprehensible to me. Well anyways I dont have MS windows anymore but would like to find some way to use GPS with my Palm TX, unfortunately since I have linux I dont know how to do what I did with the Delorme USA Street Atlas software.

I tried installing the Delorme USA Street Atlas 2007 via WINE but it doesnt work. So I would like to know if there is a program out there that I can install on linux that can make maps for Delorme Street Atlas 2007 that can be used with My palm device? Even better, I would like to know if there is a linux program that is compatible with a palm GPS program?

I might also add, that I dont care if it is fancy or not (voice commands, etc.) as long as it has something that I can work with.

Please let me know,
Old 09-08-2007, 08:32 AM   #2
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I have been using the Delorme stuff for quite some time and have the same issue, though running Mepis linux.
I have tried wine, cedega and now Crossover Office, all to no avail, sadly.

A searchable, routing navigation application is the ONLY thing keeping MS on my laptop now, so I am highly motivated to find a solution.

Personally, I would be fine with using something linux-native, as long as map and routing data was available, and I could plug in my destination and be given a route.
The problem seems to be twofold-
lack of perceived market (keeps big companies from bothering)
cost of data and programming (keeps smaller efforts from having a chance)

Since I vastly Street Atlas to the other windows nav. offerings, I am trying to find a solution to running this in linux.

One suggestion I have for anyone in a similar situation is to contact any/all windows nav software producers and ask for linux versions.
Enough requests and they may do something.
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Not sure if any of this stuff will be of assistance to you guys, but when I started researching how to connect my Magellan GPS to my desktop computer, I came across these pages, and also located on the net a petition to one of the major GPS makers (Not Magellan, but the other one-- I can't remember the name) asking them to create their software for Linux. The petition organizers were in the same boat as you: the only thing keeping Windows around was GPS software that didn't run on Linux.
I haven't got the link to the petition any longer, but maybe you can still find it with Google.

I'm currently making a serial cable to connect my GPS to the desktop, for use with one of the softwares at the link(s) above.

Best of luck; hopefully enough requests will indeed inspire more manufacturers of stuff to port their software to Linux.


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