tomtom gps updates

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at
Fri Apr 6 16:49:05 UTC 2012

Hi Linda:  First, write a letter to TomTom customer service complaining 
about their requirement for non-free software.  Customer Support is 
unlikely to understand what Free Software is, so specifically ask for a 
Linux application.

You may be able to run the Windows software under Wine.  Let us know the 
model of your device, and provide a link to the software you're trying 
to use.

There may be free software available for your TomTom device already. 
Check out the OpenTom project,  The OpenTom 
project mentions both alternate firmware for TomTom devices, as well as 
altenate desktop applications:

You can also load OpenStreetMap maps into your device. There are almost 
certainly GNU/Linux applications to do that.

TomTom has been supportive of things like OpenStreetMap in the past by 
loaning out devices for mapping parties. And, of course, the irony is 
that the TomTom devices use Linux as their OS kernel:


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On 12-04-06 10:17 AM, Linda Johns wrote:
> Hello,
> I have the following problem:
> I am using ubuntu 10.04
> I want to update maps for my tomtom gps but I need to download an apt for it.
> The apts are only available for microsoft and mac users.

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