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    I put together 2 identical CarPCs, one for me, one for a friend of mine. I installed RR on both units, tested them, and shipped him his unit. He always had questions about this/that/the other, and I ended up being long-distance tech support for him, which I did *not* want. I put Centrafuse on his unit, configured it, and he's happy. I'm a bit more tech-savvy than he, so something plug and play works best for people like that, whereas if you like to get your hands a little dirty, RR is pretty spiffy.

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    @whats77inaname: I think that reflects the market pretty well. If you like to "roll your own", then RR offers a LOT of flexibility. OM offers a more stuctured environment while maintaining it's "open source" cred. Centrafuse has always been targeted more to casual users than the die-hard "hacker". Each brings different advantages and limitations to the table. The other thing to consider is that once a carPC project reaches a certain point, matures if you will, many users want to expand into more esoteric realms....Audiophile sound, advanced hardware integration, multi-user environments. That's usually the point where they begin to bump up against the limitations of a specific product (or their own knowledge and skills).

    Personally, I really enjoy the problem solving aspects. Over the last two years, I've been able to run a pretty large assortment of exotic hardware and applications through my truck without negatively impacting the core functionality (Nav, XM radio, HD radio etc). I also try to maintain realistic expectations of performance and reliability. And above all, I keep in mind that IT'S A HOBBY!. It's not curing cancer or critical to ANYTHING of real importance in my life. It's just a VERY expensive toy.

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    According to Auto App Mart DFX skin for RR is the most popular front end + skin. Just sayin..

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    Hey Vegas

    Good so see you on the other side !

    To the others - I am not party to the 3.5 beta (although have been on others) as its a 'private beta' so have not seen it in flesh, however I can say I have reported a lot of issues with 3.0/3.1/3.2 and not seen much progress in fixing them. I have heard some rumblings from those that are though......

    I do have my fingers crossed but just doing some reseach on whats the alternatives if the results are not good. I think most of us are more than patient with Flux/CF but are all getting frustrated....

    Just look at what the OEM's, iPads and other tablet based devices are doing.......

    I dont want flashy - I want functional and reliable !

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    @whats77inaname: I think that reflects the market pretty well. If you like to "roll your own", then RR offers a LOT of flexibility. OM offers a more stuctured environment while maintaining it's "open source" cred. Centrafuse has always been targeted more to casual users than the die-hard "hacker". Each brings different advantages and limitations to the table. The other thing to consider is that once a carPC project reaches a certain point, matures if you will, many users want to expand into more esoteric realms....Audiophile sound, advanced hardware integration, multi-user environments. That's usually the point where they begin to bump up against the limitations of a specific product (or their own knowledge and skills).


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    Exactly. I'm a network admin, so a lot of this stuff isn't rocket science, and I kinda like the challenge. It's one thing, however, when I'm working on my machine, b/c I can take my time. When it is someone else that wants something now-now-now, that gets on my nerves

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    Quote Originally Posted by seantest View Post
    According to Auto App Mart DFX skin for RR is the most popular front end + skin. Just sayin..


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    I think when 3.5 comes out everyone will be pleasantly surprised and drive back the nay-sayers.
    Last edited by NoTec; 02-24-2011 at 09:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTec View Post
    I think when 3.5 comes out everyone will be pleasantly surprised and drive back the nay-sayers. No one will be able to come close to CF after it launches.
    unless it launches with a fully thought out and logical SDK that miraculously means i dont have to trample through my plugin code to make it yet again compatible i somehow doubt that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    unless it launches with a fully thought out and logical SDK that miraculously means i dont have to trample through my plugin code to make it yet again compatible i somehow doubt that.


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    honestly NoTec, i doubt it. Im a beta tester with centrafuse and tho i didnt get invite to 3.5 ive been using the 3.2 beta which is absolute ****. i can not begin to tell you how horrible it is. Now i realize you are a skin developer on CF, and i used to use aqua before the 3.2 beta broke it. But ive been with this company for a while mostly because i like the professional look of their system as opposed to RR, but the customer service is absolute ****. Seriously, have u ever heard of a company that would not deliver on their own promised scheduling like Fluxmedia does? We were told that the update would be out in 2 weeks nearly 4 weeks ago. and that was an update to the update will be out by the end of the month. Its beyond the point of ridiculousness and now it just feels like the customer is being dicked around. How can any company expect a loyal user base when we constantly get **** on by them?

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