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What Are The Best Linux Apps?
25 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 5 Jan 2022
Pure Maps with OSM Scout Server for offline mapping and geolocation
Why Openstreetmap as a product fails to compete with Google Maps – part 1/3
11 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Jan 2021
There are on device or even in browser renderers that only need remote or locally stored vector data to render the map. This moves the burde of rendering to user devices that should be more than capable for this today (especially if you use a GPU renderer) and makes you server into just a dumb data pipe that should be able to scale much better & more cheaply.
One such renderer available via Qt/QML:
Alternatively you can have a local daemon running that does the tile rendering on your device from offline data packs. This way even "legacy" apps requiring simple bitmap tiles will work without (major) changes. One such project providing this (among other APIs) is OSM Scout Server:11 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Jan 2021
There is the OSM Scout Server project, that makes it possible to download various OSM based data packs for offline use:
Then it provides various services (routing, PoI search, geocoding, etc.) over this data set to all applications running locally on your machine. It targets mainly various mobile Linux distros but works perfectly fine on desktop as well and is available in flatpak form.
Like this all navigation and mapping can share the same data set and no potentially sensitive location related metadata is leaked to a remote server other than what data packs have been initially downloaded.
Also the community run infrastructure just needs to be able to store and store and distribute the ~150 GB of data packs covering Earth but does not need to have any extensive compute and memory requirements to handle lots expensive of individual API queries.
What are some alternatives?
openstreetmap-tile-server - Docker file for a minimal effort OpenStreetMap tile server
pure-maps - Maps and navigation
vector-datasource - Tilezen vector tile service - OpenStreetMap data in several formats
vtm - OpenGL vector map library - running on Android, iOS, Desktop and browser.
hypnotix - An M3U IPTV Player
eraser-map - Privacy-focused mapping application for Android
editor - An open source visual editor for the 'Mapbox Style Specification'
Fantasy-Map-Generator - Web application generating interactive and highly customizable maps
GEOSwift - The Swift Geometry Engine.
asteroids_atlas_of_space - Code, data, and instructions for mapping orbits of asteroids in the solar system
osmin - GPS Navigator On-Road/Off-Road for Android and Linux devices
osmand_map_creation - OSM data + open address data compiled for use in OSMAnd