FREE GPS PROGRAM - Roadnav .15 review
Well the reason to move to linux in the car is even stronger now with the latest release of roadNAV. A free GPS program similar to the commerical ones available. The program itself is very small, took about 1 second to download. Seriously. You then download maps from the internet but once they are downloaded they are static on the hardrive. I just chose all of michigan and played after the 10 minutes of map configuring. First impressions is 'HOLY CRAP!' this has come a long way in the past months. Very useable on my desktop. Would be useable on a TS with a keyboard to type destinations, but no OSK. Zoom is a bit slow, maybe 2 sec update times (im used to instant IG3 zooms) The driving directions are kind of hard to follow if you ask me, but im not that sure as I have not tried it yet with the GPS receiver. Maps also show all drains, rivers, water, etc. I am going to try it in the car with the GPS hooked up to really test it more. For now just wanted to share that there is a good, free, multiplatform GPS program available. Not the best out there but, insanely good for a free app. Highly configurable via the 'preferences' from the file menu. Multiple map schemes, ability to zoom the text and road stroke and many others. 3d views are present. Those familiar with open source apps will appricate all the configuration options. Oh yeah, also got this to embed into RR perfect. Those on a budget I would def try it out! Im going to copy the downloaded maps to the carPC and report back on in car use. Then maybe redo my car with linux. . .
oh yeah white map is downtown Detriot, last pic is roadnav embedded in the MMI skin with RR running the show