I didn't find an alternative to Centrafuse as a whole (yet), but I did find an alternative to CF 3.5: I uninstalled it and reinstalled CF 2.1. Why? It's more stable, it's faster, it works, plenty of skins & plenty of plugins.
I had cf i made the switch to RR. Its more work to setup but much faster.
I am still persisting with 3.5 for now (I have some issues in 3.5 as am still finding the BlueTooth implementation unstable) but am working on RR in the background. I can see its going to be more work but may we worth it in the long run.....
I'm working on a RoadRunner switch also. Fluxmedia just doesn't get. Every version fixes maybe 1 thing the community reported then leaves the rest and breaks another 10.
They made 3.5 sound like the ultimate bug fix to 3.1. All it did was introduce a market and even more bugs. Some of which are so blatently obvious I don't know how they missed them.
Maybe a low blow, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that maybe Fluxmedia just doesn't have the talent/skills neccessary.
OH Gosh. I think 3.5 is actually fairly nice, and this is coming from a user that constantly bashed CI for their bad time frames and empty promises. I think that now a stable frame work and excellent tools (CF Market, Skin Creator) have been created, a lot of the bugs will start to be taken care of. I just hope that CI has learned its lesson and doesn't wait almost more then a year to fix these bugs or do an update.
One thing I like is that there is only the CF Core, then you download what you want via the Market. Its an idea that I think will save time and headaches. On my setup, I am using 2 computers, one with Win 7 and every gadget known to man, so I would download most of the market. Where as the second half of my setup uses XP, but only will use about 3 or 4 apps from the store. So that means that system wont have to have the plugins I don't want stripped out.
As far as use, I mean we all can sit here and complain, and bash, but in the end, CF is the easiest to setup and use period. For people like me that do not want to tinker, this is the perfect solution. All though I wish CI would fix the dumb limits imposed on multi-zone setups, which my setup was specifically designed for (2 years ago)
RR has always looked good to me, but there is so much under the hood work, it has never held my attention. Also the major lack of multi-zone support is a big turn off. OM looks like it could be the next CF (but minus all the making customers pi$$ed), difference is that OM seems to take customers comments and opinions to heart and try to follow through. Right now OM is too young for me. Once its older, I think it will easily be a contender for users not wanting to tinker.
Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!
1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
3x Perixx Touchpads
3x 7 inch Screens
1X 7 inch motorized Screen
1x Win 7 PC
Pretty much a low-blow, imho, and please bear in mind I am not a Flux employee. I have the feeling very little in life would satisfy you, as you're most likely a perfectionist - I do not intend for this to come across in a disrespectful manner, please don't get me wrong.Maybe a low blow, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that maybe Fluxmedia just doesn't have the talent/skills neccessary.
Probably something like the Ford Sync effort might suit you better, as it's specifically designed for a limited hardware base, and as such, will have far less issues than what some people are experiencing with CF 3.5.
But, with this said, good luck to you guys finding something that will answer your needs, whatever solution it may be- I sincerely hope you do find it
software in the carpc community that will really suit you well. You may be much better of going for a pre-built double din solution, or something where you pay a lot of money to get it designed exactly how you want it and to work perfectly. I'm not going to contest that Fluxmedia's marketing strategy needs some work, they certainly seem to have made their share of empty promises and disappointing releases, but that does not negate the fact that their software, for what it is, is really cheap, and works fairly well. At least you are exploring other options within the community, and I hope you soon realize that nothing is perfect.
great, CF fanboys/aka CF forum mods (at least in the case of MrBean) have invaded here.
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I hope you mean MrBean for both of those comments, as I am not a fan of CF.
As for them invading, what do you expect when someone starts a thread like this? Of course CF people are going to come in and find out why the person wants something else, and attempt to rectify the situation. It's called good customer support and a helpful fan base.