A few days ago we learned that one of the most interesting apps for Gnome fell due to the disappearance of a map service. I am referring to Gnome Maps, a Gnome add-on that allows you to access maps for free, Without having to access Google Maps or use strange applications to have shortcuts to this application on your desktop.
Gnome Maps used the API of a service called MapQuest that stopped working. this represented a serious problem for Gnome Maps which made it even stop being in stable versions of distributions, including Ubuntu Gnome 16.10.
Finally and after the announcement of this fall, Gnome Maps developers have found a quick and easy solution. like this, Gnome Maps will start using MapBox, A Free Code friendly service that uses an API similar to MapQuest and will allow you to have the same with just changing and updating a reference.
Mapbox is the service used but Wikipedia could shed light on this related mystery about Gnome Maps
In future updates the use of the Mapbox API by Gnome Maps will be polished, But we can say that the service is again enabled and that users can use Gnome Maps in a normal way. he also assures the continuation of the app within the famous desktop which already represents a standard not only in Ubuntu but also in the GNU / Linux World.
Still, despite the happy news, Mapbox will not or does not appear to be the ultimate service on which Gnome Maps is based. Several candidates have applied to offer their services to this application, among them Wikipedia itself which has offered its mapping service to be able to use in Gnome Maps. The effect of the Community is amazing, effects that make a project that was almost finished come back to life with a little help and dissemination Don’t you believe?