20-05-2012 04:23 AM
You're absolutely correct. For example, Skype keeps their product "secret" but they still have a Linux version (although it is beta). TomTom could have the decency to do the same.
Though don't expect that to continue now that Microsoft have purchased Skype.
I strongly suspect that the next version will have a number of changes that make certain that the only OS it will run on is Windows. The changes will be in the underlying "secret" protocol to make upgrading to the latest version is mandatory because the current protocol will be discontinued.
21-05-2012 08:03 PM
21-05-2012 08:41 PM - edited 21-05-2012 08:42 PM
Big problem for those of us that don't dual boot. I think what's most irritating is that TomTom is benefitting from using Linux since their units use Linux based software, but they aren't compatible with Linux OS. It just seems wrong.
22-05-2012 08:21 AM
It is still possible to manage POIs, voices etc. on MyTomTom using models. Just navigate to http://169.254.255.1/pcmi/?lang=en_gb If You can't open that page, You need to get IP address via DHCP for USB0 network interface (or just configure USB0 to use 169.254.255.2 as it's IP address).
Still it's not possible to update maps and software when running GNU/Linux
WARNING! MyTomTom application will not work correctly when running inside VirtualBox even with extrapack and USB2 support. My VIA device was recognized but always got stuck in "connecting" state. MyTomTom web site was displaying message that "no updates available" (lie!) and I was unable to use my 2 year free map update activation code ("temporar problems"). After connecting to native Windows box, turned out that there are 25 updates(!) and my activation code has expired
My advise - avoid any MyTomTom using devices (i.e. VIA series)! LFMF
09-06-2012 02:27 PM
Greetings, Most every Linux Machine that I have seen has a Windows license. The number will be on the bottom of the machine in most cases. Install Oracle VM and then install your Win7 or XP into the VM. Update you TomTom in the VM. No problem. This should not be a problem for most Linux users that use workarounds as a way of life. Regarding the popularity of Linux, I have converted 5 Windows partitions to Linux in the past week. All of them were trashed by viruses. Eventually TomTom will start taking their business seriously or fail.
Have fun, life is good.
14-06-2012 09:50 PM
Tomtom Home 2 have been written in XUL: the mozilla programation language used for Firefox, and run on Xulrunner, a multi-OS runtime environment. Some parts are compiled. On Windows and Mac OS X they have to had ext2 partition format support, but it is native on Linux. Support beacause Tomtom is Linux OS.
One person need 2 or 3 weeks to port Tomtom Home 2 to Linux. Then there is no technical reason to port it on Linux.
15-06-2012 08:10 AM - last edited on 15-06-2012 09:05 PM by Mike
We all know that there is no technical problem and that is not a big issue/effort to make TomTomHome run under Linux Native. THEY JUST DO NOT WANT TO DO IT.
15-06-2012 10:24 AM
I'm using VirtualBox too and use USB filter in VirtualBox settings to allocate TomTom device to my WinXP virtual machine. This ensures that TomTom device is connected to the WinXP on boot and seems to solve the problem with "connecting" state.
Unplug and plug the TomTom device when WinXP is running gets you into "connecting" trouble again.
Still, this is no excuse for TT not to support Linux natively !!
15-06-2012 02:03 PM
Good on Yer! I use Ubuntu 12.04, and would never go back to Windows. Ubuntu does everything Windows does, only better and FREE! Come on TomTom ger yer finger out! More and more people are using Linux now.