[OSM-dev] [Marble-devel] NOTICE: gazetteer.osm.org being retired

Chris Browet cbro at semperpax.com
Thu Sep 2 16:57:14 BST 2010

> > Now, name search on 0.16.x which is going to be included in the
> > newest Fedora and Debian won't work :-(
> Have you tried to contact upstream about this? This sounds like
> something that they'd be willing to patch even in a stable
> release. It's a very important feature (in a relatively
> unimportant[1]. program) that won't work *at all*. Aren't they willing
> to patch that?

They are very nice people, and I'm sure they would do all they can to sneak
a patch in, but I'm not keen myself in rushing a point release...

> > You'd want me to spend $12 a day to provide geolocalisation for an
> > OSM editor (if you didn't read the thread, I remind you I'm speaking
> > of Merkaartor)!!??
> What sort of crazy hosting costs $360 per month (asking Nic Roets)? I
> bet you could host basic redirection services on a 512 Linode for
> $20/month. Possibly even a whole nominatim instance (I don't know its
> resource demands).
> Anyway, just pointing the service to your own domain costs next to

Err, yes, it would be cheap. But managing/supporting/updating the service
behind it is totally out of scope of Merkaartor.

> nothing. And that seems like a very basic precaution that programs
> like Merkaartor should take so they can deal with cases like these.

I won't discuss this any further, but I still think it is nonsense in the
context of an OSM editor like Merkaartor. Pushing the reasoning, I could as
well have my own copy of the OSM database and push data patches to the main

Mmm... Now that I think about it, it would actually be the thing to do in
the context of the "OSM is all about data" concept, but it is hardly
practical, resource-wise.

- Chris -
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