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Blueprint plug: Within Launchpad use OpenStreetMap instead of Google

Dec 27, 2009 by Joseph Reeves

The new year is almost upon us, so I thought I'd plug one of my wishes for 2010, the use of OpenStreetMap within Launchpad rather than Google Maps. There's a blueprint here

This move would, I believe, be beneficial to both Launchpad and OpenStreetMap; the first gets the use of free mapping whilst the latter gets increased exposure. As far as I can tell, the aim of Launchpad is to provide the tools necessary for collaborating on software projects; OpenStreetMap provides the tools required to collaborate towards a free map of the world. I'm a firm believer that linking the two projects slightly closer together can only be a good thing.


Couldn't agree more.

Posted by Bugsbane on December 27, 2009 at 04:22 PM GMT+00:00 #

Couldn't agree less. Google Maps is the superior product, let's use it.

Posted by Seph on December 27, 2009 at 07:15 PM GMT+00:00 #

Great idea. Openstreetmap is the superior in terms of freedom.

Posted by hads on December 27, 2009 at 07:50 PM GMT+00:00 #

While OSM is nice in the freedom aspect, I'm not sure if the servers they have will be able to handle the extra load. They tend to be fairly slow already.

Posted by Andrew on December 27, 2009 at 08:59 PM GMT+00:00 #

Seph, someone with something to do with some software movement once said "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." OpenStreetMap on Launchpad gives us more eyeballs.

Posted by Joseph Reeves on December 27, 2009 at 10:53 PM GMT+00:00 #

Awesome! Please ignore the naysayers. Canonical could also consider sponsoring OSM hardware and conferences.

I've found OSM to be superior to Google in certain parts of the world too.

Posted by foo on December 28, 2009 at 02:50 AM GMT+00:00 #

Joseph > I wonder how tough a patch would be. Launchpad is opensource after all - would be a good point to see how hard it would be to get it included. Would show if this whole launchpad opensourcing story was just a big joke, as I suspect it was...

Posted by Yann on December 28, 2009 at 01:32 PM GMT+00:00 #

Meeh. afaik, that thing still has a lot to go.

Posted by Vadim P. on December 29, 2009 at 06:33 AM GMT+00:00 #

google maps is probably better but i can't find its maps to be freely used offline with my android
on the contrary i found andnav2 with free offline openstreetmaps

Posted by gabriele vidali on December 29, 2009 at 10:16 PM GMT+00:00 #

Awesome idea! I think it needs to be done.

Posted by Adrian Moisey on January 04, 2010 at 11:10 AM GMT+00:00 #

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