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  • Running Garmin Express on Linux

    Has anyone managed to run "Garmin Express" on Linux (through "wine" maybe)? If so, can you please post the instructions to do so?

    Thanks!


    PS: along the same lines, @garmin_developers: please consider open sourcing the app so that others can port it to Linux. If the marketing people don't want (it's *always* them!), please try to convince them with the following arguments:

    1) Open sourcing brings product awareness.
    2) Developers over the world will add new features for free!
    3) Open source advocates tend to be very passionate and will push your product in new unexpected markets.
    4) The more open a platform is, the easier an ecosystem on top of it is to emerge. A richer ecosystem means better apps, more clients, more money for you to buy a yatch!


  • #2
    Really, no answers? After 7 year I switched back from Ubuntu to Windows 10 because it came with the laptop and it made Garmin live easier. Montana 680t and Fenix 5...

    I HATE windows, it's so full of bugs.

    So, how can you best manage your Garmin devices under Linux/Ubuntu?
    I really want my life back
    Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire Titanium

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    • #3
      Heck, I'd be thrilled if they found a way to run it straight from any type of web browser, then I could just hook it up to my Chromebook.

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      • #4
        I Want too Garmin Express for Linux

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        • #5
          I have 2 garmin devices, and just lloking after a new fenix 5X zapphire, but I'm using Linux. I also wan't to use garmin express under linux. I can't manage the wifi networks on the device, I can't try the new applications, I have to find a PC with Windows or a Mac. Not cool. A must use the my phone to do sync, and wait a lot of time. I don't like the continous Bluetooth connection because I walking in my office and leave my phone on my desk but the watch is on me. Every time a get the alert Bluetooth is disconected...etc. I need the linux version of this thing. My colegues also using linux. (5 persons).

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          • #6
            I can live with having to use Windoze once i a while to update maps and firmware. What I really miss, is a Basecamp similar application on Linux, as I use this more often than Garmin Express.

            What BC like options do we have on Linux? I gave Viking a try some time ago, but it couldn't even show a map, so I didn't spend much time with it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thomsus View Post
              What BC like options do we have on Linux? I gave Viking a try some time ago, but it couldn't even show a map, so I didn't spend much time with it.
              The default map no longer works. If you change the default to something else, it works fine. Right click on 'Default Map' on the Layers sidebar, select Properties, then change the Map Type on the dropdown menu.

              It looks like all of them except the OpenStreetMap ones work. I'm currently using the CalTopo USGS one.


              ---Edit---
              Actually, the above only changes it for that session. To change it permanently, you need to go into the preferences menu under Edit on the menu bar.
              Last edited by Josh6x6; 06-21-2018, 07:55 PM.

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              • #8
                Reviving this topic.. is there anyone who has Express running under Wine? I received a partial update of my FR935 that supposedly can only be completed by using Garmin Express, and there hasn't been any Microsoft or Apple OS in my life since the last century. Don't have a license for Windows, so running in Virtualbox is not an option either.
                ..borrowing a laptop was the solution this time, but I totally prefer a solution on Linux.
                Last edited by Twinaxx; 06-30-2018, 10:10 AM.

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                • #9
                  i started to use ubuntu with 7.10 version!!!!
                  NO ONE SOLUTION FOR GARMIN
                  i don't want to use garmin with wine, i'm looking for a specific linux program.
                  at this moment no solution, 11 years of search....

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                  • #10
                    Hello.
                    I also use linux. And to run Garmin Express I use VirtualBox with Windows installed.
                    Everything works fine

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                    • #11
                      Garmin ... Linux is here to stay ... get over it and do something !!!!

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                      • #12
                        Altough I wholeheartedly agree with you, with a desktop/laptop market share of 2.08% (number from https://netmarketshare.com ) I don't see a clear incentive for Garmin to invest in Linux development, unfortunately.

                        And as the API to Connect is costly, it is not likely that someone is going to develop a free alternative for Linux either.

                        But as always.. please suggest the idea here to make it known! https://www.garmin.com/en-US/forms/ideas/

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                        • #13
                          I agree, having a Linux Garmin Express program would solve a lot of people's problems! I, for one, love to use Linux, and had exclusively used Linux since 2002 until the past few years when I bought a new laptop (and subsequently also a new gaming laptop) and have mostly been using Windows 7, and now Windows 10, but I prefer Linux by far and would use it more if more of the programs and devices I use day to day were compatible with Linux. Finding this thread makes me want to re-install my favorite distro(s) and revel in the Linux-love.

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                          • #14
                            Apologies for straying off-topic.. but what's holding you back Brittany.D.. find any old laptop that won't perform under Windows, it will run Ubuntu just fine.
                            Unix/Linux is an old love of mine as well. Compared to the mainframe-OS'ses of the 1980s, Unix was super easy and fun to work with. Whenever I try to use Windows (or OS/2, back in the day) I feel as if I'm trying to build a house in total darkness with broken tools and one hand tied behind my back. Sorry, I'll shut up about this topic now. Happy holidays!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Twinaxx View Post
                              Apologies for straying off-topic.. but what's holding you back Brittany.D..
                              My older laptop has a broken screen and I need to replace it. That's really the only thing stopping me from having a dedicated Linux computer. :P Happy holidays and new year!

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