Written by Michael Larabel inGNOME on 31 July 2016 at 05:19 PM EDT.Add A Comment
The GNOME Maps program has seen update in the GNOME 3.14/3.16/3.18/3.20/3.21 series with new releases to change its tiling provider so that the mapping program will work once again.
GNOME Maps had been relying upon Mapquest for providing the maps/tiles, but they changed their service around and thus broke GNOME Maps support in the process. GNOME developers weren't notified in advance so were left out in the cold when they lost Mapquest access.
GNOME developers have decided to go with the more-friendly Mapbox as their provider for mapping information so this open-source program can work once again.
With the switch to Mapbox, they are now accessing it through a proxy on GNOME.org so should they need to change their map tile provider in the future, it's easier to do and hopefully won't require updated GNOME Maps clients. Few more details on this change via this blog post by one of the Maps co-maintainers.