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Release Name: 2.6

Maemo Mapper v2.6 has been released. It includes several
major changes, including one that should greatly improve

First and foremost, the default file format of backing map
databases has been changed from GDBM to SQLite3, providing
the following key advantages:

Reliability - SQLite is much more reliable than GDBM, which
is important because corrupted databases were an all-too-
common occurrence.

Scalability - SQLite files are not limited to 2GB like GDBM
files are. Now you can fill your SDHC cards to the brim
with a single map database file.

Platform-agnostic format - Because SQLite files are not
endian-specific, you should be able to create an SQLite
file on one platform and use it in Maemo Mapper. This
means that--with a separate application--you can download
maps on your PC and move them onto your SD card for use
with Maemo Mapper.

GDBM is still a supported map storage mechanism.
Particularly, your existing map databases will still work
in Maemo Mapper v2.6 without change. There is no utility
to convert GDBM map repositories to SQLite3 map

Another big new feature in Maemo Mapper v2.6 is support
for Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS). Rob Williams
(aka camel) was kind enough to submit a lot of code to
Maemo Mapper to add APRS support. I don't have the
knowledge or equipment necessary to test it, though, so let
me know if it works out for you. :)

There are also some improvements to the layering
functionality that should increase performance both with
and without layers. This new version is recommended for
all users, regardless of whether or not you will be using
SQLite maps or APRS.

Changes: * Changed the default backing database format to SQLite3. GDBM is still available for both legacy support and newly-created databases. * Added features for APRS. * Improved layering performance and logic. * Improved overall performance by removing the PNG timestamping behavior. * Updated Russian translations, other minor bugfixes.

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