[TriLUG] OT: GPS units
fischer at 4pi.com
Fri Apr 25 19:09:18 EDT 2008
Most of the Garmin GPSMAP series have serial and USB interfaces. I
have a GPSMAP 76CSx and an Edge 305 and am happy with both.
If you plan on using one on a bike, get one made for it, do not get a
bike mount for a GPS the has removable batteries.
In the past I found some Linux software that would convert a lot of
the Garmin USB only GPS units to a NUMA stream so that Linux programs
that expect a serial interface would work. Sorry I do not remember
the name of the project.
At 03:58 PM 4/25/2008, you wrote:
>Another yes for Garmin here, but get a hiking model instead of nuvi -
>I have a cs70 (I think, maybe a cs65) which is halfway between an
>etrex and a nuvi (color, larger than etrex, but still ruggedized
>Nuvi is great for urban travel but I don't think it's as rugged or
>waterproof as the others. Also don't depend on it as your only way to
>get out of the woods - it's good for convenience but it does depend on
>charged batteries and satellite visibility.
>The older Garmins with serial interfaces do have output modes that
>work with Linux. Don't know about the newer usb models. You will
>(almost certainly) need to boot Windows to do bios flashes and load
>maps (if someone knows different please say which wine version I need
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