Saturday, February 23, 2008

Playing with Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 on Gutsy Gibbon - Part 3

Next on the list are some GPS mapping softwares for linux. A popular one is GPSdrive. Installation was easy, Ubuntu has a debian package in its repositories. Sadly, does not have decent maps for India (see below) . Will, pass for now.

Now we try Navit. By default it too does not have maps for India. But, the documentation says that it works with the following -

- OpenStreetMaps : display, routing, but street name search isn't complete
(see )
- Grosser Reiseplaner and compliant maps : full support
(see )
- Garmin maps : display, routing is being worked on
(see )

Install Navit
cvs login
cvs -z3 co -P navit
cd navit
make check
sudo make install

download planet.bin into /usr/local/share/navit/maps/ from: (1.3 GB file)
sudo gedit /usr/local/share/navit/navit.xml
map type="garmin" enabled="yes" data="$NAVIT_SHAREDIR/maps/planet.bin"

Optionally, If you don't want to download the maps for the whole planet you can try getting only the map tiles you are interested in:
wget -O map.osm,17.3825,73.56, 88,17.6825
the format is:
you can get the co-ordinates from:

Finally, If you would rather prefer Garmin maps (but, mind it these are pretty hopeless for India):

svn co libgarmin
cd libgarmin
sudo make install
re configure and re make Navit.

download garmin map tiles from:
sudo gedit /usr/local/share/navit/navit.xml
map type="garmin" enabled="yes" data="/usr/local/share/navit/maps/73551480.img" debug="4"


mikel.maron said...

For maps of India, you should look into the OpenStreetMap project. We've started off open collaborative mapping in India with a series of workshops this month.

Dev's Lab said...

Actually I am currently using Navit with OpenStreetMaps. I tried it out on a trip from Pune to Mumbai and back just yesterday. I will be posting my experiences with it on the trip, soon.

I think the Free Map India 2008 is super cool. Drats, I missed you guys when you were in Pune.

I have just gotten interested into maps and will definitely contribute to openstreetmaps as when possible.

I think the maps for India still have a long way to go. Especially for example, the directions always seemed to avoid the pune-express hwy.

Great initiative. Thanks.

mikel.maron said...

There will be continuing activity after we leave -- that's the whole point. I suggest joining the mailing list for ongoing coordination. I expect there will be quite a lot of activity in Pune.

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