Roadster aims to be easy-to-use and open-source desktop mapping software.


  • Serve as a replacement for proprietary consumer-level navigation software (on Linux, Mac, and Windows)
  • An easy-to-use interface (with GNOME HIG compliance)
  • GPS receiver support that Just Works
  • “Points of Interest” that users can create, edit, and share
  • Beautiful map rendering that is fully themeable using an XML style file
  • Low internal complexity through the use of powerful open-source code libraries (currently using GLib, GTK+/GDK, Cairo, libxml2, and MySQL)
  • Be Free Software and cost $0