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    well i'm currently on Road Runner and and it is a headache to configure all the stuff and i don't want to spend $250 on centerfuse that's just overpriced. all i want the carpc is for GPS and OBD2 like the fancy gauges with speed, tach, preassuer ect... does linux ice have a good gps software, and any good OBD2 software wiht fancy gauges?

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    Originally posted by d_roc88 View Post
    well i'm currently on Road Runner and and it is a headache to configure all the stuff and i don't want to spend $250 on centerfuse that's just overpriced. all i want the carpc is for GPS and OBD2 like the fancy gauges with speed, tach, preassuer ect... does linux ice have a good gps software, and any good OBD2 software wiht fancy gauges?
    The latest LinuxICE is broken so no, it will not be easier for you. In LinuxICE2, you should see everything preconfigured, obd-ii, navigation, etc.

    The OBD-II in nghost looks like this:
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbiMpJNHE24[/media]

    LinuxICE2 is still a while from release. After I'm done with my current work, getting a stable release will be my highest priority.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by d_roc88 View Post
      well i'm currently on Road Runner and and it is a headache to configure all the stuff and i don't want to spend $250 on centerfuse that's just overpriced. all i want the carpc is for GPS and OBD2 like the fancy gauges with speed, tach, preassuer ect... does linux ice have a good gps software, and any good OBD2 software wiht fancy gauges?

      Just to add a bit of confusion, Centrafuse is 50% off at the moment.

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      • #4
        Is there any stable release I can download and try? I mean for any version of any Linux front end.
        And can you answer the questions in the first post please? Like how does it compare? GPS usability.....OBD.....all that stuff in the latest stable version.
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        • #5
          nGhost can be downloaded from http://sf.net/projects/nghost . The latest stable release is 2.0.2. 2.1 is mostly stable, but the only way to get that is to check it out of the subversion repository (svn). 2.1 has obd-II, 2.0.2 doesn't.

          How does it compare? Depends on who you ask. I've been working with the navit GPS application for Linux for the past couple weeks. I find it really usable.

          nGhost compared to RR: nGhost starts faster, is more configurable and pretty easy to use as far as music playback. nGhost can be difficult to setup though (remembering that you need to run nscan first, then nghost is a common mistake).

          OBD-II in nGhost is really basic right now. it displays live RPM, MPH, Engine Load, and Coolant temp. I want to expand it so users can chose which fields to view from any of the obd-ii codes.

          I don't know how that compares to RR's obd-ii. I've personally never used RR's.
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          • #6
            The introduction threads were quite misleading, maybe I can get a better answer here. How would I find the switch if I use my computer mainly for:
            - audio
            - video (lots of them require codecs but play fine in VLC)
            - GPS (including route, speed, time to destination, distance to destination)
            - GPS shortcuts (finding ATM, parking lots, gas station, restaurant with simple clicks from the points of interest)
            - touchscreen notepad
            - computer reboot option
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Maheriano View Post
              The introduction threads were quite misleading, maybe I can get a better answer here. How would I find the switch if I use my computer mainly for:
              - audio
              - video (lots of them require codecs but play fine in VLC)
              - GPS (including route, speed, time to destination, distance to destination)
              - GPS shortcuts (finding ATM, parking lots, gas station, restaurant with simple clicks from the points of interest)
              - touchscreen notepad
              - computer reboot option
              audio - no problem
              video - no problem (mplayer plays almost everything)
              GPS - no problem (navit)
              GPS Shortcuts - navit doesn't have this feature, I'm working on a google maps solution, but that requires internet.
              touchscreen notepad - I don't know. Do you mean gestures? or just an on-screen-keyboard type interface for typing notes?
              computer reboot option - no problem
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              • #8
                Originally posted by kev000 View Post
                audio - no problem
                video - no problem (mplayer plays almost everything)
                GPS - no problem (navit)
                GPS Shortcuts - navit doesn't have this feature, I'm working on a google maps solution, but that requires internet.
                touchscreen notepad - I don't know. Do you mean gestures? or just an on-screen-keyboard type interface for typing notes?
                computer reboot option - no problem
                That SUCKS! The Shortcuts in iGuidance are something I use a lot, just choose GAS and it'll tell me where a gas station is. That's tough to part with but I'm very interested in this and the open source aspect is something I'm behind 100%. I hope one day I can have enough time to dedicate to making it better but right now I'm too busy on other projects.

                And the touchscreen notepad is exactly that, you draw on the screen and then save it as an image. Like if someone gives me a phone number and I don't have a pen, I can just choose that in the skin I use, draw it out, save it and then write it down later. I've never used this before but it's something I try to use more as it would be useful.

                Very cool, I might install it on a Pentium 3 box I have sitting around and see how it works out. I'm confused by exactly what I need to install though and I don't expect you to repeat it all for me (though you can if you like!). Can I find that information in the wiki on the site? Would it be easier to download the .deb and install it on my Ubuntu 8.1 machine?
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                • #9
                  What about port splitting to use the GPS information inside the front end and also in the GPS application?
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                  • #10
                    That's all handled by gpsd/ngpsd I believe. I'd say it's very roughly the equivalent of xport.
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                    • #11
                      gpsd opens the port to the gps receiver and then provides a socket server to clients who want to connect to gpsd. You connect to it like you would any other server: gpsd://127.0.0.1:[port].

                      It also sends all it's data over dbus in the form of signals which ngpsd subscribes to (and is thus able to display gps data in nghost).

                      I'm not sure what xport is.
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                      • #12
                        Found another one. I'm using Capture which another guy on this forum made, it constantly records video from a webcam and lets the user select which encoding algorithm is used, framerate and also size of file before it stops and starts a new one.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kev000 View Post
                          I'm not sure what xport is.
                          xport is a windows software that "splits" the com port into multiple virtual com ports, so more than one app can use the GPS unit at the same time.
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                          • #14
                            If you already own a copy of iGuidance, you can use it on Linux with Wine. I've done it, it works well. But I have a serial GPS device. I've heard of some problems getting certain USB ones to work under Wine.

                            -- Kevin

                            Edit: I should clarify. I use iGuidance 4. I don't know if the 2009 version works under Wine or not.

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                            • #15
                              Is iGuidance and WINE the best choice for GPS in Linux?
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