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  • Ubuntu Mobile - the next gen Car PC frontend!?

    Hi all,

    Check this out!
    It is rather interesting (and pretty).

    Offers a lot of potential in terms of in car usage.
    Note that it has finger-friendliness in mind as well.

    Hopefully it will offer a better solution to in car Bluetooth handsfree than the current Windows offerings too. But we need to find some decent sat nav software on the Linux platform first.


    Source : Ubuntu Mobile

    Ubuntu Mobile is an Ubuntu edition that targets an exciting new class of computers called Mobile Internet Devices. Ubuntu Mobile, based on the world’s most popular Linux distribution, and MID hardware from OEMs and ODMs, are redefining what can be done in mobile computing.

    Ubuntu Mobile, a fully open source project, gives full Internet, with no compromise. Custom options may include licensed codecs and popular third-party applications.

    * Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
    * Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
    * A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
    * Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that’s easy and fun to use
    The product of Canonical collaboration with Intel® and the open source community, Ubuntu Mobile is the software that makes it all possible.

    Ubuntu Mobile just works, and it works just right.

    Just the right applications provide an uncompromised Web 2.0 experience: Web browsing, email, media, camera, VoIP, instant messaging, GPS, blogging, digital TV, games, contacts, dates/calendar, simple software updates… and lots more.

    All unnecessary complexity in the user experience is eliminated.

    Ubuntu Mobile is finger friendly, with no stylus needed. You drive Ubuntu Mobile with touch. Simply tap the screen or drag a finger to make gestures for intuitive navigation and control.

    * Tap an application with your finger to launch it, and tap menus and buttons to use them.
    * Swipe a web page to pan up, down or sideways.
    * Swipe a video, photo, song or thumbnail page to move to the next or the previous one.
    MIDs typically have the following features and attributes:

    * Small size/form factor
    * 4 to 7 inch touch screen
    * Physical and/or virtual keyboard
    * Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, WiMAX
    * 2GB to 8GB Flash or disk storage, 256MB+ memory/512MB+ recommended
    * OpenGL 3D
    * USB, camera, head phone jack, speakers, microphone
    Clutter User Interface

    Flash User Interface

    Ubuntu Mobile is highly flexible and customizable. It is an ideal platform for the kind of product differentiation that reaches target users and penetrates key markets.

    * User interface in HTML, Flash, Clutter, Python with GTK, C/C++ with GTK and Java
    * Different application sets for different products or configurations
    * Integration with popular Web 2.0 sites
    * Internationalization and translation support to meet market requirements
    * Custom sets of licensed media codecs and third-party proprietary software for commercial partners
    * Custom engineering
    OEMs, ODMs, operators and developers can customize Ubuntu Mobile to their desired look and feel and offer just the right capabilities to meet their specific requirements. Canonical can assist through its Custom Engineering program.

    For information about Canonical custom engineering services, email [email protected].


    The Ubuntu Mobile community includes many individuals and organizations and always welcomes new participants and partners.

    Places to get started:

  • #2
    Coming out in April 2008 by the way.


    • #3
      Moved to Linux. This has nothing to do with hardware and should not hve been posted in the the Hardware Discussion forum.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?

      Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.


      • #4
        Ooops sorry.
        Meant to post it in General MP3Car.


        • #5
          Been watching the Ubuntu mobile as well. Shame no beta to test.


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            • #7
              hmm if anyone tries it, keep us posted. I love to hear experiences.


              • #8
                We use ubuntu at work for a bunch of things. I really like it. One thing i noticed is the user interface?

                "User interface in HTML, Flash, Clutter, Python with GTK, C/C++ with GTK and Java"

                Flash and java are typicly slow on our 1ghz carpc's. I hope this doesn't limit us on what pc can use the mobile ubuntu. I will be watching this thread
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                • #9
                  If I remember correctly, there is a build available already but it only supports ARM processors.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jrmiller84 View Post
                    If I remember correctly, there is a build available already but it only supports ARM processors.
                    huh ya hmm mobile as in cell phones? which carPC would have a ARM? there not that great :P for mobile like in cell phone ya sure why not but carPC?


                    • #11
            , has any one tried this on a 7" CarPC??? This seems like an awesome solution if you can get a decent GPS app.

                      I had a related idea which turned up this thread in a search. Has any one been able to run Windows Mobile 6.1 on a CarPC platform (with a device emulator or something)? These new touch screen phones come up to 800x480 resolution now with the HTC Touch HD. I would like to demo the music/nav interfaces on my 7" touchscreen. Has this been done?


                      • #12
                        play with it in a VM:



                        • #13
                          They released a new image last week and it runs great on my machiene. It doesnt look as pretty as some of the RR skins we have here but it just needs time. I like the fact i can boot from my usb thumb drive and make changes and it doesn't affect my hard drive. Many of the applications are not touch screen friendly yet, but since it is designed for mobile devices im shure it will come. Right now im bouning back and forth between this and windows to see what i can come up with. I know with linux boot time can be reduced significantly.


                          • #14
                            Ubuntu Mobile 8.10 or a daily build better than that is what I will be installing. I ordered the hardware yesterday, so should get it before the weekend. I bought: Intel Atom board, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD, 9" touchscreen, M2-ATX PSU. I want to build it in the center console of my car, and as soon as the Google phone comes out, I'll buy that and a bluetooth kit to use as modem/GPS.
                            "Good enough" is the enemy of high license cost.


                            • #15
                              how can i test ubuntu mobile on intel based x86 from windows xp? what vmware player does run this?