[Linux-aus] Roadster - free GPS mapping

Ian Nicholls inicholls at babelsoft.com.au
Thu Feb 24 06:48:02 UTC 2005

  If there is free data available that is worth the effort then I will get
involved in the data-importer, I have search high and low for data and
so far have not found anything that covers more than main roads,
railroads and water courses.

   If anyone does now of a good source please let me know.


> Hi all,
> Just spotted:
> A GPL project: http://linuxadvocate.org/projects/roadster/
> Roadster implements free GPS mapping, using MySQL with R-Trees as
> back-end. On the front-end it's GNOME with Cairo, with, accordint to the
> developers, "sexy road-hugging rotated road names" ;-)
> It can use maps directly from the US Census Bureau, but they've been
> told Australia also has suitable free maps available - someone just
> needs to write a data-importer. Hint hint!
> I understand the product is not yet ready for the big releases, but
> hackers can grab the latest CVS version and go nuts. It sounds
> excellent.
> Regards,
> Arjen.
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