tomtom on the Neo1973

Ian Stirling openmoko at
Tue Apr 3 00:18:08 CEST 2007

wim delvaux wrote:
>> Seems to confirm parent's interpretation. The code is closed, and 'free'
>> only in so far as Nokia are allowing a no-cost download of the beta
>> version. Navigation is a paid-for upgrade. The license agreement prevents
>> redistribution of the data files, and prevents reverse-engineering of the
>> data files as far as local law allows. Nokia, like Google, have paid for a
>> license and are absorbing the cost, presumably to make money off a related
>> sevice, but neither are allowed to let you use the data for anything else.
> Well if you find some company willing to give away the maps and the routing 
> application for free ... Hard luck.
> I would settle for a working modern yet non-free applicationn than a not 
> working, poorly detailed yet free version.
> Also I 'think' smart2go would be providing a linux version.
> Also AFAIK nor tomtom nor smart2go use their own charts.  They buy them too.  
> What if somebody writes a free application that works but with charts that 
> cost money ?

All(?) the chart companies that could supply data will only deal with 
large vendors.

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