Why is Ubuntu Using Google Maps and not OpenStreetMaps?
For using online maps, users have a variety of choices. In the spirit of FLOSS, openness and user rights, OpenStreetmap is clearly the best solution. However, Ubuntu is still using Google maps with all the terms and restrictions that come with it on the LoCo website. Does anybody know why?
When using Google maps, the usage comes with a lot of restrictions as explained in the terms by Google. However, OpenStreetMap has clearly better terms for users of the maps as well as website providers using maps on their websites. OpenStreetmaps are currently licences by Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0 licence which is soon to be replaced by the Open Database License (ODbL) as explained in the OpenStreetMap wiki.
Furthermore, the OpenStreetMap community is involved in the FLOSS community by providing applications and tools related to online mapping and maps. Is it not time to move from Google maps to OpenStreetMaps?
Certainly, it is not clear why Ubuntu is still using Google maps. It might be that similar to the home page of Ubuntu provided browsers, Canonical is paid money by Google for linking to their search website. This is certainly possible, and is certainly something that has some weight in the reasoning.
It also could be that OpenStreetMap does not provide currently certain technical feature, which are needed. However, if this is the case, these should be discussed, and it is very likely that such issue can be addressed either by contribution to OpenStreetMap or by the OpenStreetMap community.
It would certainly nice if in the very near future the Ubuntu community could use OpenStreetMap on the LoCo website, and hence use the ability to edit the maps provided by OpenStreetMap to make it either for Ubuntu Users to find Ubuntu community events.
Update: Removed reference to maps in Launchpad since as some commented about, Launchpad does not use Google maps anymore.