No more satellite view on Gnome Maps 40.1?

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newlyminted7
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No more satellite view on Gnome Maps 40.1?

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I opened Gnome Maps today (40.1 / Flatpak version) and noticed there is no longer a satellite map layer. And it appears to have changed from using MapBox to the less useful OpenStreetMap?

Did I do something to mess things up or was this (crippling of Gnome Maps) intentional?
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Re: No more satellite view on Gnome Maps 40.1?

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The reason is explained in this issue: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-maps/-/issues/381. In short the mapbox tiles for satellite view are too expensive. GNOME Maps doesn't generate any direct income so how should they pay for it.
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Re: No more satellite view on Gnome Maps 40.1?

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Thanks for the link, Xenopeek. How utterly disappointing.

You'd think Gnome sales-ish people would be able to strike a deal with MapBox and get a discount of some kind. Even if it just includes basic feaures, without geocoding, just to get the simplest form of satellite tiles? We don't need "max zoom levels", just a basic, functioning satellite view - you'd think MapBox would be willing to discuss that, wouldn't you?

Or at least look into an alternative (https://geoawesomeness.com/google-maps- ... ffordable/)?
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