Archive For The “Open Source” Category

Bringing your Garmin GPS to Linux: Part 2

In Part 1 of this tutorial, I wrote about getting Linux to recognize and manage your Garmin GPS unit.  Now that everything is set up, we can begin to explore how to make use of the GPS. Most of the work behind the scenes is made possible by the garmin_gps module, which is included by […]

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Bringing your Garmin GPS to Linux: Part 1

Interacting with your hiking/personal Garmin GPS unit in Linux can be simple and rewarding.  However, getting started takes a lot of work behind the scenes.  This tutorial requires you to execute terminal commands and modify read-only files, so it is for intermediate to expert users only.  Before beginning, make sure that the following packages are […]

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Open Source Solutions at TriMet

TriMet, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District, serving Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties in Oregon, is a leader in open source technology.  They still use ESRI desktop applications, but they are using open technologies, including PostGIS and OpenLayers, to power their web services. Article: http://www.govtech.com/e-government/Open-Source-Software-Oregon-Transportation.html Share this:EmailFacebook

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PostGIS Projection Project

PostGIS is a wonderful suite of tools, which really anchors the open source web mapping toolkit.  However, it doesn’t always integrate well with an ArcGIS desktop environment.  One obvious source of conflict relates to projections – most of ArcGIS’s projections are infinitesimally different than their real world counterparts.  As an example, consider the Washington North […]

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OpenStreetMap + Microsoft

Reblogged from Slashgeo: This is certainly major news. Steve Coast, the OpenStreetMap founder, joined Microsoft’s Bing Maps team. From the announcement: “Continuously innovating and improving our map data is a top priority and a massive undertaking at Bing. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new initiative to work with the OpenStreetMap project, a community […]

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