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    Linux Front End

    Hey guys
    i just signed up, despite being a fan of the site for years =) haha

    Im at final year project stage in uni and am building a system similar to car pcs.

    soo i kinda need some help if you dont mind.
    Im looking for good frontend source code thats been designed for linux use please.

    Im only trained in VB and C# soo i dont care what language its in. I'll just have to learn it.

    thanks guys.

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    check out http://nghost-project.com and http://linuxice.com.

    nGhost2 is about 85% code complete and aims not only conquer the Linux Frontend space, but also to introduce a new paradigm where frontends aren't "front-ends" masking the OS but rather an integral part of the complete solution.
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    fantastic, can't wait to take a look at it.

    Cheers for the help.. much appreciated =)

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    I've looked at both LinuxICE and nGhost, and so far I like nGhost - although, it's giving me hell trying to get it fully working. Took me about 2 hours to get through dependency hell and another 3 to get it to load (kept getting funky error msgs). Now I'm trying to figure out why mPlayer crashes when trying to start anything via nGhost (mPlayer works fine outside nGhost, but inside i get sig 11*). But so far I like nGhost. Seems nice.

    As for LinuxICE. I hated it right out of the box. Not sure exactly why, either. Spent maybe 4 hours inside it playing around and just didnt like it.

    So... Are there any other Linux front ends out there? I'm curious to check them all out before I decide to ditch them all and make my own.


    * mPlayer sig 11 output:
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    MPlayer interrupted by signal 11 in module: decode_video
    - MPlayer crashed by bad usage of CPU/FPU/RAM.
      Recompile MPlayer with --enable-debug and make a 'gdb' backtrace and
      disassembly. Details in DOCS/HTML/en/bugreports_what.html#bugreports_crash.
    - MPlayer crashed. This shouldn't happen.
      It can be a bug in the MPlayer code _or_ in your drivers _or_ in your
      gcc version. If you think it's MPlayer's fault, please read
      DOCS/HTML/en/bugreports.html and follow the instructions there. We can't and
      won't help unless you provide this information when reporting a possible bug.
    -Billy

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    what version of nGhost? Did you get it from the repo or did you build from src? I believe whatever is in the unstable src repo is broken as far as mplayer goes. You'd have better luck going with what is in the main src repo or the main debian/LinuxICE repository.

    BTW, it's still young but NG2 is becoming much more usable, it may be worth a try. Beware that things are still not complete/stable though. If you have developer experience, you probably are able to help a lot get it to the point where it's stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    what version of nGhost?
    I tried 0.95 & 1.01 - I never could get 0.95 fully installed.

    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    Did you get it from the repo or did you build from src?
    I built from source a few times and installed from the repo a few times, so I guess a mix.. Stuff laying around from all of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    I believe whatever is in the unstable src repo is broken as far as mplayer goes. You'd have better luck going with what is in the main src repo or the main debian/LinuxICE repository.
    Funny, as unstable seems to be the only one I could get working...

    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    BTW, it's still young but NG2 is becoming much more usable, it may be worth a try. Beware that things are still not complete/stable though.
    How would I go about installing NG2? I figured it wasnt available for install yet. Unstable software doesn't scare me - I'm a Debian Sid user

    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    If you have developer experience, you probably are able to help a lot get it to the point where it's stable.
    I would love to help, but my schedule is already pretty booked up. Plus I am 80% sure I'll be buidling my own FE soon - something that's Compiz compatible (each function on a seperate side of the cube).
    -Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyGalbreath View Post
    ...something that's Compiz compatible (each function on a seperate side of the cube).
    I'll have to post a video with ng2+icepanel in compiz. I think you'll like it.

    as for getting ng2 check this out:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/linu...-1-9-beta.html
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    I haven't been able to get the video of ng2+icepanel+compiz recorded (dev box is hosed). But here is an older one with icepanel+amarok+compiz.

    [media]http://youtube.com/watch?v=tndrZLqpom0[/media]
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    As for LinuxICE. I hated it right out of the box. Not sure exactly why, either. Spent maybe 4 hours inside it playing around and just didnt like it.
    Any feedback that you have about things we can improve would be greatly appreciated.
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