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GPS Navigation Devices - Linux Compatibility Survey

This is a hardware compatibility survey for Linux and GPS navigation devices. Have you written a guide yourself? Then please feel free to submit a new entry.



Earthmate GPS LT-20 [archived link]Linux 
E-Ten G500Linux 
Garmin Edge 305Linux 
Garmin eTrexFedora 8 
Garmin eTrex Legend HCXUbuntu 
Garmin eTrex Series (HCx Legend, Vista)UbuntuGerman
Garmin ForeRunner 305Linux 
Garmin GPSmap 60CSxLinux 
Garmin GPSmap 60CSxLinux 
Globalsat BT-338  NEW  Familiar 0.8.2, OPIE, GPE 
Haicom HI-204E USB GPSUbuntu 
Holux M241UbuntuGerman
Holux M-241 GPSUbuntu 
iGot-U GT100Linux 
Jentro BT-GPS-8ULinuxGerman
Leadtek Speeding Master GPSLinux 
Magellan MeridianLinux 
NaviGPS (aka Scytex Navi BT GPS, Locosys BGT-11)Debian 
Pearl NavGear StreatMate GP-35 [PRINT]  NEW  LinuxGerman
Pretec CompactGPSLinux 
RoyalTek RFG-2000LinuxGerman
San Jose Navigation GL50-BTUbuntu 7.10 
Sony NV-XYZ 33, 55, 77 *)Linux 
TomTom Go *)TomTomLinux - TTL 
TomTom ONE *)TomTomLinux - TTL 
Transystem iBlue 747Ubuntu 8.04German

*) dedicated Linux devices

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Ports and Applications

See here for Linux applications and ports for GPS navigation devices.

Commercial Solutions

LinuxDevices: NaviFlash a German company has used embedded Linux to build an in-car navigation system with route-planning, traffic avoidance, and spoken direction features. NaviFlash's NaviFlash device comes pre-installed with detailed maps of Germany, and the main roads of Europe, with maps of 17 other European countries also available.

LinuxDevices: Volvo Mobility Systems, a telematics unit within the Volvo Group, is using MontaVista Linux Professional Edition on its ITS4mobility product, an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for public transportation organizations that provides traffic control and travel information.

Other Resources

The Repair4GPS project gives an overview about repairing and modding GPS navigation devices.




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