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    Windows vs. Macintosh Carpc

    Hello ladies and getlemen,

    I am an IT guy and I both use Windows at work and Macintosh at home. Both the latest versions, Vista and Mac OSX Leopard, the latter being an amazing OS.

    Since many application have been written for carpc use, I am going to ask you all to give your opinion on each one and discuss the pros and cons and features.

    So far, it's been told that Windows has a more range of products for Carpc use but macintosh ease of use and sleek interface is really tempting too.

    The good news is that with the new intel base Apples, now one driver can boot to either of them of his or her choice. We are going to discuss that too.

    All ideas are greatly helpful for everyone.

    Thanks again,
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    as long as the interface is concerned, although we can add logos and acceptable interfaces and welcome page, the mac is beautiful by itself. it really impresses the new comer passengers, if one intends to.
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    I don't understand what your question has to do with Fusion...

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    Thread moved to general forum.

    This topic has been covered extensively in the past. Windows has better software support, more flexibility in configuration, and OS stability is not an issue in the car. Try here for more info.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Thanks then I will take a look at the provided links.
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    The OS shouldn't be your deciding factor. Pick the front end you like best and install the OS that is required because other than bootup, you're most likely never going to see the desktop. BTW, what software is that in the screenshot? I built a hackintosh a while back on a Dell laptop but all I ended up doing with it is surf the internet.

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    That is Front Row, the multimedia software that comes on the Mac. Does photos, music, movies and so forth. A lot of people using Macs in their cars run just FR.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleDragon View Post
    The OS shouldn't be your deciding factor. Pick the front end you like best and install the OS that is required because other than bootup, you're most likely never going to see the desktop. BTW, what software is that in the screenshot? I built a hackintosh a while back on a Dell laptop but all I ended up doing with it is surf the internet.
    I got from your post that maybe you are not a mac user. actually it is so stable, so easy to work with and so impressive that really some people readily lose some features but although lacking some in carputer, it's so cool.

    1. the sleep and wake up problem almost doesn't exist in a mac carputer. I've had a powerbook for 4 years now and I have never had the problem of hibernating or standing by. Now for more portability, I use a 12 inch HP tablet and everytime I have lots of issues. Sometimes it sounds in my back pack.
    2. it works with wireless peripheral like a breeze. I've never had the problem of recognizing or not recognizing my keyboard and mouse or my sony erricson telephone.
    3. I think the universal remote control that comes with every mac makes a great car remote controller for multimedia.
    4. Frontrow looks and effects are amazing. no one can tell that you can make the same in a pc.
    5. Being a Unix Based (FreeBSD) core system, it's so stable, so cpu efficient that Microsoft products are losing everyday. No one is talking about putting a Vista in his car because no matter how much you put in your system, it's just not enough. Putting aside that some effects are a mere immitation of mac.
    6. If you install a VLC player you can almost watch any format. Of course I use GOM Player in Windows and it is damn good but Multimedia experience in Mac is something else.

    7. Check the network location in a mac. you can make tens of location and network settings and from one place to the other, stay connected by a mouse click.

    The list really goes on....
    However, being a SUV owner, I know GPS support is not something we all can ignore among other things. Windows has lots of programs out there.

    So up to now, as we are talking and I am still deciding myself. I think a intel based Apple product like mac mini is the best because you can switch to Windows or boot from Windows whenever you need to. and just whenever you really need to.
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    i went with mac in my car solely for the reason of the way that the mac comes out of sleep, you virtually never have to unplug/replug your usb devices in order for them to work. i could not imagine everytime i start up my car having to go reach behind the pc and unplug everything and then replug it all in. that would suck. as you mentioned before you can boot either os in the new macs so at least then you have the option of switching if you don't like the current enviroment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samantech View Post
    I got from your post that maybe you are not a mac user. actually it is so stable, so easy to work with and so impressive that really some people readily lose some features but although lacking some in carputer, it's so cool.
    Kinda right but kinda not. I call myself an OSX user but not a Mac user. I'm very familiar with the OS and actually quite like it but I can not stand Apple as a company and frankly, I find a lot of mac users to be quite smug and hypocritical. My Dell laptop costs hundreds less than a comparable mac and can do everything a mac can. It runs OSX 10.5.2 as it's main OS and also has partitions for XP/Vista/KDE4.

    But really, don't let your preference of OS dictate your choice of a front end. I never have any issues with sleep or stability but then again, I'm using Server 2003 rather than XP or Vista. If you want something stable, why choose a desktop OS? Believe me, I've had my share of kernel panics with Leopard.

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