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Posted Mar 18, 2010 11:42 UTC (Thu) by roberton (guest, #39680)
In reply to: Routing by epa
Parent article: Fun with free maps on the free desktop

[Dons flame-proof underpants]

What is wrong with using web-based mapping which doesn't use OSM (or "free" data). In other words, enlighten me why I should feel bad using Google Maps :-)


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Posted Mar 18, 2010 14:00 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769) [Link]

There's nothing wrong with using Google Maps, or an iPod, or Microsoft Excel, but since this is Linux Weekly News we tend to discuss projects using free software and free data.


Posted Mar 19, 2010 14:55 UTC (Fri) by gerv (subscriber, #3376) [Link]

Because you can't fix it when it's wrong, there are many things you can't legally use the maps for (e.g. printing on a flyer), you or others can't customize the rendering (e.g. to create a cycle map or a public transport map) and the level of detail, in many urban areas, is now way worse in Google than in OSM. Look at London for example.



Posted Mar 31, 2010 8:55 UTC (Wed) by jku (subscriber, #42379) [Link]

Just like open source software, open data gives you a lot more room to do things you didn't expect you'd want to do when you originally started with the software/service/data.

Gerv already mentioned printing flyers. Maybe you'd also like to access your maps offline? Or use another visual layout that better suits your specific use case? The examples are not that hard to find...

Of course you can keep using Google Maps and only change when you realise you do need to do something the Google license prohibits. I'm lazy and not really interested in reading licenses so I've gone with OSM -- with CC-BY-SA I at least have a possibility of understanding what is legal and what is not.

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