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Geoclue 1.99.1

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Here is the second release of the re-write of geoclue. Changes since 1.99.0:


- Move to system D-Bus.

- Import geoip code from geocode-glib.

- Add option to automatically exit on inactivity. By default it:

- Runs indefinitely when launched manually.

- Exits after 5 seconds of inactivity when (auto)launched by D-Bus.

- Relicense from LGPLv2+ to GPLv2+.

- Some build/installation related fixes.

- Correctly version pkg-config file.

- Fix crash on error.

- Add --version cmdline option.


Dependency-related changes:


- Remove redundant GOA dep from pkg-config.

- Drop dependency on geocode-glib.

- New dependencies:

- json-glib-1.0 >= 0.14

- libsoup-2.4

- geoip >= 1.5.1 (Only needed by geoip server)


All contributors to this release:


Bastien Nocera

Colin Walters

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)



Geoclue is a D-Bus service that provides location information. The

primary goal of the Geoclue project is to make creating location-aware

applications as simple as possible, while the secondary goal is to

ensure that no application can access location information without

explicit permission from user.


Geoclue is Free Software, licensed under GNU GPLv2+. It is developed for Linux.


The aim of project is to utilize all possible sources of geolocation

to best find user's location:


* WiFi-based geolocation (accuracy: in meters)

* GPS(A) receivers (accuracy: in centimeters)

* 3G modems (accuracy: in kilometers, unless modem has GPS)

* GeoIP (accuracy: city-level)

* Geoclue can currently only do GeoIP and hence accuracy of

geolocation is city-level at best. However, there are plans to add

support for other sources mentioned above.


Geoclue used to also do (reverse-)geocoding but that functionality has

been dropped in favor of geocode-glib library.


However project is in the early stages of development and hence

lacking essential features. Currently it can only determine your

location based on your IP (i-e city-level accuracy) and does not have

any permission control.


Release tarball:


sha256sum: 2791a64c3f0efc4f807f8876634649ad529b4a1a505bb7c8364f597a542ffee8





Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)

FSF member#5124



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