[Librem-5-dev] Mapping question - GPS

Luke Bryan Luke32J at msn.com
Wed Jan 1 20:09:00 PST 2020

Greetings all,

I was wondering about what sort of mapping apps would be available initially for Librem-5. Oddly enough there are not many Linux native mapping apps, and I started on starting a Linux repeater app - the howto may be useful for anyone else building a map-based app, that supports offline map viewing: https://howtotrainyourrobot.com/building-an-amateur-radio-app-for-linux-part-1/
This library makes it pretty easy to make offline mapping apps and let's hope there are more Linux-native apps for things like Geocaching and routing, so the Linux phones will have more useful mobile apps 🙂 I'll be updating this with more howtos and adding to the Github example.

One thing that will be an obvious question to anyone working on a mapping app, is how will I see where I am? and what libraries will be usable to see your exact position? I know there are example codes but they generally seem to be based on some specific or proprietary chip. What will the Librem phone be using to get GPS location, and can I get an example code to integrate it into my app?

Happy new year all

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