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« on: December 21, 2007, 19:51:29 PM »

Another wish of me is to have included in the repositories some sort of Linux GPS software. There aren't much programs for Linux and GPS processing available yet so that is a general problem, but a converter like GPSBabel or a promising tool like GPSMan would be welcome to see in the Pardus repositories.

"GPS Manager (GPSMan) is a graphical manager of GPS data that makes possible the preparation, inspection and edition of GPS data in a friendly environment. GPSMan supports communication and real-time logging with both Garmin, Lowrance and Magellan receivers and accepts real-time logging information in NMEA 0183 from any GPS receiver. GPSMan can also be used in command mode (with no graphical interface)"

"GPSBabel converts waypoints, tracks, and routes between popular GPS receivers and mapping programs. It also has powerful manipulation tools for such data.

By flattening the Tower of Babel that the authors of various programs for manipulating GPS data have imposed upon us, it returns to us the ability to freely move our own waypoint data between the programs and hardware we choose to use.

It contains extensive data manipulation abilities making it a convenient for server-side processing or as the backend for other tools.

It does not convert, transfer, send, or manipulate maps. We process data that may (or may not be) placed on a map, such as waypoints, tracks, and routes."

"GPSBabel has been tested on a variety of Linux distributions including Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE and Debian on architectures including IA64, IA32, Power, and ARM."

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008, 23:31:20 PM »


Two GPS PISI packages requests by me

GPS and Linux is an area in which still much software applications have to be

Pardus repositories already include the GPSbabel tool to convert between
different types of GPS datafiles.

I came across this interesting package for which already distro specific
packages for SuSe, Fedora and Ubuntu exist:

Qlandkarte (http://qlandkarte.sourceforge.net/)

"Garmin's MapSource software is hardly the only reason for me to boot into
Windows and it does not look like Garmin ever wants to address Linux users by
writing a portable piece of software. So I started to help myself. I found
several tools like GPSBabel or sendmap to handle data for my GPS receiver but
no tool to visualize and manage this data in a decent way. On my quest I found
a specification of the used IMG format for maps at Sourceforge. After some
reading and toying around I considered this specification good enough to start
a GUI project to visualize such files. QLandkarte is the result of this

Features include e.g.:
# Maps

    * Upload maps to device
    * Download map information
    * Transparent map overlay
    * Map skins

# Waypoints

    * upload / download waypoints
    * create waypoints
    * move / edit waypoints
    * load waypoints from *.gpx
    * save waypoints to *.gpx

# Tracks

    * download tracks
    * combine / split tracks
    * purge / remove trackpoints
    * view track information and profile
    * load tracks from *.gpx
    * save tracks to *.gpx


    * > Qt 4.2.x (Qt 4.1.x will not work!)
    * > proj4 4.4.x
    * > libusb 0.1.x

I would appreciate when you can build a PISI package for this GPS program and
also I would very much appreciate the like GPSBabel almost universally used
linuxtool called "gspd" tp become availeble in the PISI repositories.

GPSD (http://gpsd.berlios.de/_

"gpsd is a service daemon that monitors one or more GPSes attached to a host
computer through serial or USB ports, making all data on the
location/course/velocity of the sensors available to be queried on TCP port
2947 of the host computer. With gpsd, multiple GPS client applications (such as
navigational and wardriving software) can share access to GPSes without
contention or loss of data. Also, gpsd responds to queries with a format that
is substantially easier to parse than the NMEA 0183 emitted by most GPSes. The
gpsd distribution includes a linkable C service library, a C++ wrapper class,
and a Python module that developers of gpsd-aware applications can use to
encapsulate all communication with gpsd."

This latter program enables coomunication between a lot of different GPS
devices and your computer, and can be used in combination with many GPS
software including Qlandkarte and GPS Babel.

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008, 00:11:46 AM »

 Grin Roll Eyes uhmm.. Cheesy Grin I just noticed qlandkarte is already available in the PISI repositories!

I will give it a try in Pardus.

Then GPSD remains as my wish....

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2008, 10:49:50 AM »


Posted this package request today.

Merkaartor is an OpenStreetMap editor for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X
(prerelease), distributed under the GNU General Public License. .




This is a very nice and easy-to-use GUI for contributing to the OpenStreetMap
project. You can edit your own GPS tracklogs and process the GPS data into
creating new roads or adjusting existing map data for the OpenStreetMap
One can download and upload to the OSM server using this editor.

Anyone else contributing to the OpenStreetMap project BTW ?

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