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Review: Four GPS Software Packages for Linux

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I picked up a new Pharos iGPS-500 GPS Receiver from Newegg.com earlier this week for under 60 bones. Pretty rad, if I do say so myself. Getting it working in Ubuntu Hardy required a bit of research.

I’m testing four different GPS software suites for Linux: GPS Drive, Roadnav, Navit and VIking. GPS Drive and Viking are right in the Ubuntu repository. Roadnav has a debian package available on their website that worked quite well. Last but not least there’s Navit, which requires installing from source. I’m assuming that the person reading this wants to test out all four software suites. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s best to test out each platform before settling on a choice.

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