Could the Linux community have a fully featured alternative to Windows based in-vehicle front ends? The answer could be Yes.

The OpenICE organization announced the release of LinuxICE 2.0, codenamed "Anino." LinuxICE is based on the Ubuntu operating system. However, thanks to a team of international developers it looks nothing like it and it has been heavily modified and optimized for use in a vehicle environment.

Some of the features of LinuxICE include:
  • Build-in Navigation
  • Media Playback
  • Support for many add-on devices, ex. OBDII Scantools, HD Radion, Touchscreens, etc..
  • Designed to be stable, fast, efficient and easy to setup and operate

Here is a screenshot:

If you want to find out more about the OpenICE project go here.

If you are interested in LinuxICE (read, install) go here.

For those interested we will post a review of LinuxICE 2.0 in the next few days.


Official Press Release here.