[Librem-5-dev] Maps apps and Linux - Useful OSM library - and GPS question

Neil Jerram neiljerram at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 05:32:38 PST 2020

On Tue, 7 Jan 2020 at 12:54, Luke Bryan via Librem-5-dev <
librem-5-dev at lists.community.puri.sm> wrote:

> 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 was working on starting a Linux repeater app - the
> howto may be useful for anyone else building a map-based app, that supports
> offline map viewing and Python+GTK integration.
> 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 🙂 Will be
> updating this with more howtos and a Github repo soon with a more complete
> example.
> One thing that will be an obvious question to anyone working on a mapping
> app, is where-am-I? 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 do we have sample code?

How about gpsd and its related utilities like gpsmon?  Then for a GUI
mapping front end you could look at foxtrotgps and NeronGPS - those both
worked on the GTA04.

Best wishes,
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