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Garmin Going Linux?


Back in January Garmin announced they would be supporting Mac in future products and now we see hints that Garmin might be looking at offering Linux support. Garmin currently has a job opening for a “Linux Software Engineer” who will:

Develop software in C, C++, or other selected languages for either embedded or application development for desktop Linux GARMIN communication and navigation products

I know lots of GPS geeks who are also Linux geeks (no offense intended, I’m one of them!) that would be extremely excited if this in fact true, and is something beyond just embedding Linux in a particular device.

18 Responses

  1. I am one as well. Let’s hope some good things come out of this. It sounds like a great combination to me.

    GPS Reviews - June 23rd, 2006
  2. me also,

    linux software for the gps devices would be cool

    anybody know any good apps on lin ?

    dara - September 24th, 2007
  3. I hate to start up windows especially for using my garmin device. Please come up with a Linux version.

    Frank Pauw - February 1st, 2008
  4. Found this online petition that will be of interest. Please spread it around….


    We don’t use Windows in my family or entourage…
    Garmin VistaCX needs Ubuntu 7.10 compatibility!

    Brenda - March 2nd, 2008
  5. Note that it is already possible to run MapSource under wine in Linux. Because this seems to be rather unknown, I’ve summarized what you have to do for this on this page

    Peter - March 9th, 2008
  6. Yup, it works with wine, and there are some apps that will use a Garmin GPS unit, but actually making the software for Linux will send a message that they realize that there are other operating systems out there. It’ll sell one to me at least.

    Morghan - March 29th, 2008
  7. Does anyone know of any GUI open source software that works on the GPS units? Morghan mentioned that there are.

    Justin - May 2nd, 2008
  8. Viking works with some of them. I could download waypoints from an etrex via usb/serial connector. I couldn’t download my waypoints from a streetpilot c330.

    Peter - May 14th, 2008
  9. It’s 3 years on now, do Garmin support Linux now?
    I’d like to use the Forerunner 405 ANT+ upload facility on my Ubuntu Linux computer. Is this possible now?

    Will - May 16th, 2009
  10. Looks like this post has disappeared now.
    What is going on?
    Garmin obviously don’t like gant is all I can assume.
    Perhaps it’s because they will be bringing out their own Linux driver for ANT+ soon?
    I hope so.
    Anyone out there in the know?
    Anyone from Garmin?
    Thanks in advance.

    Will - June 15th, 2009
  11. Makes one almost untrust the Garmin brand. At least they could make an statement so people knows whats going on. Some serious developers may be offended by this.

    Very rude, indeed.

    Kent Knudsen - June 15th, 2009
  12. I was just looking for the gant on Garmin Developer thread because Fedora 11 won’t compile the old ant code and all mention of the linux ant driver has been removed from their website. pretty unhelpful and has rendered my 405 totally useless.

    It’s a shame, because Garmin are totally happy to take Linux for some of their products but won’t give back.

    callum - July 11th, 2009
  13. Hello all,

    I host the git repository referenced above for the Gant project and just wanted to update the URL for people who are looking for the source.

    The new URL is http://cgit.get-open.com/cgit.cgi/gant/

    Best regards,


    Jordan - November 24th, 2009
  14. has there been any movement on this issue, is garmin going to support linux users?

    bb - January 1st, 2010
  15. Currently own GPSMAP76CSx and Nuvi 1490T and now have no Windows in our home, all laptops run Ubuntu, Karmic Koala. Certainly would be nice if Garmin can step up to the plate on this issue for those in the US who choose a great OS over the common one and for those in other countries where Linux is predominant. I suggest the petition be signed but everyone should write personal emails to Garmin support frequently asking for the Linux port of their software. Hint: WE are still happy to PAY for it Garmin! Wine is not the answer.

    William - January 17th, 2010

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