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  • Linux Frontend?

    Ok, beat me if i'm missing something, but are there any good linux based frontends?

    Particularaly, are there any that support the DeLorme Earthmate LT-20?

    I could use windows, but i'd rather go linux due to the lack of decent specs on my laptop.

    Thanks a million.
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  • #2
    I myself am quite surprised at the lack of interst from the linux community in this area. They put Linux on everything, even on a game boy... let me know what you can dig up, so far my searches have turned up very little.


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    • #3
      Well, i found GPS software (with work-arounds for the LT-20), and i know there are media-centers, but no carpc frontends.

      Linux would be great (read perfect) for carpc applications, small sysreqs, and can be built on small footprint PCs with low power options (eg: a nano-itx box with a small compact-flash card instead of a hard drive)

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      tis a shame...
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      • #4
        yet another reason i should learn c++


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        • #5
          Simple reason is because there is lack of GPS support on Linux.
          If there is an easy GPS solution available on Linux, people would be all over it already.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by MatrixPC View Post
            Simple reason is because there is lack of GPS support on Linux.
            If there is an easy GPS solution available on Linux, people would be all over it already.
            gpsd isn't too bad

            another great reason is the upcoming via eden processor. It only consumes 1w when it's running, the downside is it runs at 500mhz, thats well below the threshold for windoh's. But a linux box rocking one of these would be uber usable.



            Well, i'll have to settle for windows, that or try and hack together something with reactos.
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            • #7
              not really you have to use windows, I use linux, and for gps I run iGuidance under wine, it works very quick and I don't even have regular hard drive, everything fits just fine on my CF card (2GB). All the media I keep on another SD flash card. I don't even need any specific frontend. As a window manager I use Windowmaker, and just switch desktops for different apps. On top of it, it loads within 28sec,works very quick, and even if I cut the power without shutting down, it never gets screwed up. Windows will.

              I think you should re-consider linux as your platform.
              All the things I mentioned you can achieve without writting even one line of c++ code.
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              • #8
                i'm looking for an all in one media-center/gps

                Linux will do both of those, but there arn't any programs that bridge the two.
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                • #9
                  you didn't understand what I was trying to say, better go for windows with any of carpc apps like RR od SD
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                  • #10
                    I can name several linux frontends:
                    1. nGhost - Relatively mature frontend at this point. Utilizes C++, mysql (or sqlite, depending on your plugin), SDL and libtool. Can be configured remotely if you also run an apache server with PHP support. I wrote the current database plugin architecture myself
                    2. Velocity - Java / Flash-based front end. Probably a bit heavy for your case, but it's had some time to mature (well before I started my own project)
                    3. Evil Car PC - This one's my brain-child. Still in early stages, but a basic release has been made with a very basic plugin suite (mostly a product demo, really, to show how things work).
                    If you want to go really light, I'd recommend nGhost - you don't even need X for that (it can work in framebuffer mode). As far as maturity goes, I'd recommend either nGhost or Velocity as mature options. If you want to get your hands dirty on a really powerful architecture (not sure if that's for you), go with Evil Car PC.

                    I also suspect there's quite a few others that I've missed. I wouldn't mind someone pointing them out - I'm curious to see how many different approaches we have here.

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                    • #11
                      thanks for the links kshots, Velocity dosn't look like it suits what i need (media+gps), i'll look at nGhost some more later.

                      Anywho, thanks a lot.
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                      • #12
                        nGhost does not yet have GPS support yet. The devs are toying around with various options at the moment. Evil Car PC envisions it in the future, but it's a distant future (optimistically speaking, I'd say several months if I got hot on it now for whatever reason... it's not top on my priority list).

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