Currently, there is a discussion¹ on the sailfish forum about a payment scheme for map services that might be worth looking into. It was started by rinigus, the author of Pure Maps and OSM Scout Server.
For now Ubuntu Touch users can use Pure Maps, uNav and OSM Scout Server completely for free. This is due to the fact that the service providers provide free service for a limited amount of accesses per month and that rinigus himself processes map data for offline navigation on his servers. B But this isn't sustainable and doesn't scale. On Sailfish the usage limits are hit from time to time and map service in apps stops working. If you like to chip into the discussion or have good ideas on how to solve this please jump in. All ideas are welcome and we as a community need to find a way to solve these kinds of challengers.
Please remember that OpenStore has a built-in option to donate to app creators. We urge you to use that button, so that we'll get more great apps on Ubuntu Touch.
Linux apps in the spotlight
A spontaneous addition to this popular section I like to draw some attention to a few Linux applications I recently found. Do you like this addition? Please let me know by writing me an email! Anyway, here goes:
Zinc, supposed to be an inplace replacement for ElasticSearch. Written in Go, a single binary is all it is. Very quick and low on the resources needed (unlike some other text index software we know :-) ). Anyway, it's here: https://github.com/zinclabs/zinc