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  • (M)ANY *nix mp3-car users out there ?

    Just wanted to see how many (if any) people are using *nix to power their mp3 machines.

    I myself _am_ and LOVE the insanely fast boot-up times.

    Anyhoo .. if you use *nix, throw up a post here!
    -James-

    Tech tips and more - http://www.techguys.ca

    *NIX command for today: rm -rf /bin/laden

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    I was considering a Linux version of my software, but came to the conclusion that it would be too much work. I use a Flash frontend which would be mildly easy to move to linux, except that the only available SWF player doesn't support a lot of Flash's features.

    The lack of decent GPS software in Linux is a major drawback. "GPS Drive" exists, but it's not very far along. Prehaps something should be developed which can read the map files from MapPoint or CoPilot. I was playing with MapPoint's ActiveX control earlier, and it's really slick. If I could figure out a way to read that in Linux, I'd be all over it.

    The only person I know of that used Linux was ryanspc.com and he used to have a neat looking MP3 player which I'm sure I have stashed away somewhere. Now he just uses XMMS.
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    • #3
      I agree with the lack of mapping software support ! I am on a few private mailing lists where we are working to develop a MapPoint for linux - not very promising so far ...

      At present, I actually dual-boot depending on my needs ;-)
      -James-

      Tech tips and more - http://www.techguys.ca

      *NIX command for today: rm -rf /bin/laden

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      • #4
        http://www.ryanspc.com/
        RishiD
        System in Process if funds are available.

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        • #5
          Is there an echo in here?
          Don't Click

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          • #6
            www.dashpc.com
            -Nick

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            • #7
              me too!!!!

              well not really. i first came here to see how i could do an mp3 sterio component out of a computer , or rather how other people do it. now , even though i am not (yet) working on an in car mp3 computer type thingy , i come here regulary. its a very interesting site. incident;ly , the only thing keeping me from installing a computer in a car is the power supply (or lack of expertise to build one) , and the fact that i think i broke my 16 x 2 lcd screen.
              i am much more interested in the software side , i have come _this_ close to haveing a one floppy linux system , which plays mp3's from the hd , and can be controlled vai a web browser interface from another computer on the network. i was going to rip that part out.... anyway my needs changed (i broke my mother board and a really good deal came up but the m/b had no isa slot , so i had to use the mp3 computer for internet sharing , but it still has all my 8 gig of mp3 on it ).
              anyway , the point of this post was yes. i would use linux in an mp3 car and it would be one floppy in size , it would boot of the h/d into a ramdisk. christ what a load of old socks....
              stupid quote # 1 : "i dont do drugs , i only ever smoke pot when i'm coming down" , Me , 6 september , 2001.

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              • #8
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                The lack of decent GPS software in Linux is a major drawback. "GPS Drive" exists, but it's not very far along. Prehaps something should be developed which can read the map files from MapPoint or CoPilot. I was playing with MapPoint's ActiveX control earlier, and it's really slick............ [/B]
                aaahhh another person that have discovered what i saw few months ago... I take it the mappoint u are refering to here is that os MS Streets ActiveX GPS thing ???
                abcd-1
                Author of CobraI,II,III and now CobraIV.
                You can contact me on AOL instant messenger....nick is cenwesi or cenwesi3

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gutter
                  I use a Flash frontend which would be mildly easy to move to linux, except that the only available SWF player doesn't support a lot of Flash's features.
                  Now *that* I would be interested in seeing.

                  C!
                  http://carpc.riposte.net
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by C4M


                    Now *that* I would be interested in seeing.

                    C!

                    I just finished my new Impee3 player, so pictures will be coming soon. (Gotta charge the batteries in my digital camera).



                    Originally posted by cenwesi
                    aaahhh another person that have discovered what i saw few months ago... I take it the mappoint u are refering to here is that os MS Streets ActiveX GPS thing ???
                    I have MapPoint 2002 which came with the ocx. Have you been able to do much with the control? I'm still trying to figure out how to control it through code. The example on MS' site just has a form, the MapPoint control in the middle, and one line of code which initializes the map. Gee, thanks Microsoft...
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                    • #11
                      Once I have the money together to build an MP3 player for my car I plan to use Linux. I've only used a few distros for a few days. That's the extent of my experience with Linux so I'm going to need some help. Hope you guys can help me when it comes time to put it all together.

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                      • #12
                        I was running a linux based system for 3 years and it worked great (jics.mp3car.com). Right now im re-designing the software (well, I'm writing a new one ;-) ).
                        I never concidered using windows for my car, mainly because of the tradeoffs and compromises you have to made if you use it.

                        Regarding the GPS navigation:
                        Personally I don't need a navigation system, but it is a sad fact that there is no usable linux solution available. The problem creating such a software is not the code, but the data. There is no vector data available in public. If the format of one of the big supplieres is cracked, the rest should not be a big problem.


                        The funny thing is,there's a navigation software for bikers under development...
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                        • #13
                          GPSDrive is looking better and better. They now have speech output. It might work out after all.
                          Don't Click

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gutter
                            GPSDrive is looking better and better. They now have speech output. It might work out after all.
                            I've just downloaded it, and added it to my test Linux devbox at work. Very nice.

                            Unfortunatley no soundcard working so I couldn't test festival, and no Garmin, so I couldn't check out the GPS functions, but nice interface. Now I just need to add a Garmin to the shopping list.
                            4x4 in a turbo stylee.

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