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    Linux GPS - Roadster

    Hi everybody,

    I just tried Roadster, finally after few hacks I was able to compile it, and actually the project looks really promising. It generates maps in same style as google's maps does. It uses tiger data, and works pretty fast on 1GHz machine.
    The project is really in early development state, but with little help it can become a native linux map solution. Gps and routing portion still needs to be done. GPS tracking, map centering, even map rotation to follow the route direction are pretty easy to implement, but routing seems to be more complicated, especially that Tiger data does not contain any information about one way roads, intersections, etc. Any ideas about routing algorithms?

    heres the address for info and cvs: linuxadvocate[dot]org/projects/roadster/
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    Very impressive! Linux can't have to many of these programs, esp. good ones . Can't wait to see it released!

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    Very nice. I have been using roadnav, but this looks a lot better.
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    So I installed Roadster on xubuntu 6.06. It seems to work great with two exceptions.
    No matter what address I enter to locate, it always says can not locate address.
    Road names do not show as in the picture above, but if you click on the road, it does correctly identify it.
    Overall, it seemd to use far less resources than RoadNav, starts quicker and responds quicker. Speech works, but gets old very quickly of announcing every approaching intersection!
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    Unfortunately, this project is now dead. It was very promising, but as many open source projects go, the person who started just doesn't have time for it. If there's anyone out there willing to take this project on again, I recommend they contact the author.

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    it's not dead, it moved to http://roadsterproject.wordpress.com/
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    Wow, that's interesting. This must have happened after I talked to the author. Someone else must have taken it over?

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