[Librem-5-dev] Mapping question - GPS

Richard Duivenvoorde rdmailings at duif.net
Wed Jan 8 08:14:38 PST 2020

Hi Luke,

Nice app you do :-)

But to answer your question (I'm a 'geo'-guy...), in Gnome there is
already 'Maps': https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Maps
Which can show most of the things you mention.

I cannot find the page, but there was a web page on purism site about
which apps are/can/should be ported to work on small screens...

On linux (and Windows and Mac) there is QGIS (https://qgis.org) a real
GIS, not so much of a simple viewer.... But it is possible to use the
'core'-libs of those to create a QML/Qt based interface.


Richard Duivenvoorde

On 02/01/2020 05.09, Luke Bryan via Librem-5-dev 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 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/
> <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
> Luke
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