[OSM-talk] OSM Maps on TomTom

Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason avarab at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 17:18:57 BST 2010

On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 11:36, John Smith <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8 April 2010 15:15,  <grahamjones139 at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> It looks like the TomTom will not be difficult to write code for. TomTom
>> themselves recognise that they have used OpenSource code to develop it, and
>> provide the open source bits of the software (linux kernels, libraries, and
>> compiler) (http://www.tomtom.com/page.php?Page=gpl).
> Wouldn't it be better just working out their data format, like someone
> has done with garmin?
> Especially since they may use the same format for other platforms,
> than trying to hack the hardware and/or coming up with custom OS
> builds...

Sure, if you can get it to work it should work just fine.

I think you're underestimating the effort that goes into reverse
engineering a format. Many man-years have gone into reverse
engineering the Garmin format (and it's still not fully understood),
the Microsoft Office format and Flash just to name a few.

Getting a completely different stack of programs to work on new
hardware might be relatively easy by comparison.

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