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How to install & use Cruiser - an alternative to Google Maps
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Sun 25 Jun 2017, 12:16    Post subject:  How to install & use Cruiser - an alternative to Google Maps
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Afternoon, all.

From 666philb's link, here:-

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=943746#943746

Cruiser is a Java-powered alternative to the likes of Google Maps. It doesn't have quite all the fancy 'StreetView' features boasted by Google, but it's a very good global atlas, right down to the individual street scale. Apparently, it employs what's known as 'vector tiling', according to the OpenStreetMap project.....

If you fancy taking a look at it, here's how:-

REQUIREMENTS

Oracle's JRE or the open-source IcedTea installed.

CruiserGL-noarch.pet. This is architecture-independent, and will work with 32- and 64-bit.

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I recommend rerwin's Get-Java app, which will download, create a package out of, and install, the newest version of JRE available from the Oracle website.

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=101592

You'll need the javaif-20160616.pet and the get_java-1.0.1.pet. The javaif .pet needs to be installed first. Then you can install Get-Java, and run it.

It will take some little time to complete, as it downloads JRE, then creates either a .pet or SFS package, followed by installing the newly-created package for you.....all automatic, aided by various questions as it runs. So; be patient!

Get-Java will create the correct JRE package for your architecture, although CruiserGL itself is architecture independent, as indeed are all Java apps.....just to clarify the point.

When that's done, download & install the CruiserGL-noarch.pet from my MediaFire account, here:-

http://www.mediafire.com/file/1c9vgjpytut3k05/CruiserGL-noarch.pet

It adds the cruiser directory to /root, and a MenuEntry for starting Cruiser.





Re-boot (to complete the Java install); once this is done, the Java Control Panel (Menu->Utility->Java Control Panel) will show properly. This is how you know the install is complete. Now, you can start Cruiser from Menu->Utility->Cruiser, and...

...enjoy.

(You may find, in the maps selection under 'File', that the 'Standard' one will work better than the 'OpenScience' one; it does for me, at any rate.)

Have fun.


Mike. Wink

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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Fri 11 May 2018, 10:07    Post subject:  

Afternoon, all.

A while ago, I discovered that the original CruiserGL-noarch package wouldn't run in Xenial. Since installing Bionic, I've discovered it won't work here, either.

A wee bit of research has uncovered the problem. Starting it as the others do, i.e:-

Code:
cd /root/cruiser
java -jar cruiser-gl.jar


.....briefly starts it, then it crashes.....with a ton of Java-related errors. However, if you start it with the included 'cruiser.sh' script in the /root/cruiser directory, it starts & runs fine. The difference is illustrated below:-

Code:
cd "$(dirname "$0")"
java -Xmx1024M -jar cruiser.jar


It appears to include an extra argument in the start-up line. Quite what it does, I don't know; the main thing is it now functions properly.

In the original .pet (for older Puppies), neither the 'cruiser.sh' or 'cruiser-gl.sh' scripts would start the app.....which was why I had to implement the 'traditional' Java start-up method as I did. The 'upgraded' version for Xenial/Bionic can be found here:-

http://www.mediafire.com/file/151hmnios8t3heo/CruiserGL-noarch-xenial_bionic.pet

I've also created an SFS package for the latest Jave Runtime Environment (JRE). I'm not certain whether rerwin's Get-Java package has been fixed, but last time I tried it, it wasn't working. Oracle had been playing 'musical URLs', in much the same way as Adobe keep doing.....

You can find the JRE package here:-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z89_pKW0_LfoSrbYPG8suhgSVIUv-eN5/view?usp=sharing

This is for the current Version 8, Update 171 (build 1.8.0_171_b11), released approx 3 weeks ago.

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Finally, I owe y'all an apology. The link for Cruiser as given in the 1st post was a dead one; I'd re-named, and re-uploaded the .pet, shortly after first creating it.....but completely forgot to edit the link!

The URL as given above is now the correct one.... Embarassed

Installation instructions for Java remain as given above. Enjoy.


Mike. Wink

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