Geoclue 0.8 “SoC” released
August 22, 2007
Finally got the release out the door! More information at the home page, and here’s a link to Geoclue status applet install file (for IT OS 2007) for the impatient:
This isn’t the major release (except for me, this being the Summer of Code evaluation release): Geoclue position API is going through some changes at the moment and the next release will probably be a lot more more interesting. Still, feedback from users and developers is very welcome!
I thought some usage advice might be nice too, so here goes: Geoclue tries to abstract the source of the data away and provide just generic location data, but unfortunately that doesn’t always work like magic (not yet at least)… Here are some tips if you’re not seeing anything useful when you select different position providers:
- visit Hostip with a browser and click “Make a correction” if your location is not shown or is wrong.
- Plazes is the most useful provider for frequently visited places with wifi. See my earlier post on why getting started with it is currently a bit difficult.
- gps only provides coordinates, which are currently not shown on the status applet. You’ll need to use “geoclue-position-example gpsd” on the command line or try the home applet from the garage download page, if you want to see the output.
- If you do not get any results, make sure you own a bluetooth gps device and that it’s on and paired (using Control Panel –> Bluetooth)
I’m always worried about the resource use of things I install on my tablet and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one, so I guess I should talk about that too:
- geoclue position providers get started only when requested
- currently the providers stay running indefinitely
- CPU use is minimal, I have not observed memory use much yet