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    Linpus anyone?

    Hey guys, I was a die hard winxp user, until I got an old p3 laptop (1ghz, 512mb ram). I decided to throw ubuntu linux on it.

    Some background on me, I love to tinker with things....linux is perfect for me! I loaded it up, and started to research how to use ubuntu. I got my thinkpad buttons to work, aswell as the Thinkpad center scrolling button (yay! I read that not too many people have figured it out..i did in 10 minutes!). Anyways, I LOVE ubuntu, so clean, so sleak....

    anyways, I had an idea to use linux on a carpc... I saw nghost and linuxice, but thought I would keep looking.,...then I found this: http://www.linpus.com/xampp/webmaste...nux9.4Lite.htm
    still linuxice and nghost seem like a better option...but I still want to try

    KEY FEATURES


    Linpus Linux Lite is designed specifically to meet all low-cost PCs and mobile devices requirements


    * Running smoothly on a lower grade hardware unit
    * Managing power efficiently
    * Rich web applications supported
    * Built-in networking: Wi-Fi, WiMAX, HSDPA, HSUPA, Ethernet, BT, IR, UPnP
    * UI designed specifically for hand-held 4”- 7”screen
    YSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    CPU

    Intel x86 compatible
    Intel, AMD and VIA at 366MHz and up

    Storage

    Minimum 512 MB (SATA/IDE/SSD) hard disk space required
    Optional external storage device to support installation / recovery

    Memory

    Minimum 128 MB RAM required
    and, get this:
    Supported Peripherals


    Peripheral List


    Video Acceleration
    3D desktop effects, superior media playback performance, dual-head/rotation mode support

    USB/ FireWire / Card reader /PCMCIA
    Plug-n-play support wide variety of external storage devices

    Touch Panel LCD
    Innovative user interface design for panels of 7" at 800*480 and up

    DOC/DOM/SSD
    Native support for all special-purpose storage devices

    Power Management
    Full support of ACPI functions such as S3 & S4

    Webcam
    Both built-in and external USB webcam are supported in applications like video conferencing and still image capturing

    3G Network Adapter
    Wireless network support – GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA

    GPS Receiver
    Extensive support of most GPS receivers in the market

    GPS
    Integrated with map applications to provide various location based services

    Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
    Extensive support on existing Wi-Fi / Bluetooth devices in the market
    Sounds pretty good...haven't loaded it up yet, and might not...but once I get fed up with my slower winxp carpc system (1.2ghz p4mobile, 1gb ram), i might just throw it in!

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    It seem's to be a bit heavy judging by the livecd size and amount of features it has, I'd say give it a shot.


    I wonder if it is a custom distro or based off of something common like LinuxIce is. If it's custom, it may be slightly harder to find drivers/programs for it :-/. Keep us posted if you try it

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    the thing with linux, atleast ubuntu (and xubuntu kubuntu ect) come with pretty much all drivers built in. this one says it comes with gps drivers for most gps's. GPS software might be a little iffy though, aswell as finding a skin for a media player (xxms i guess?) that is touch screen friendly.

    you can have many different virtual desktops...so you could make one with the gps software, other with media player, one with _______(place name here) and you can easily and quickly switch between them. Then just hibernate the system, and when it comes back up, all your music and everything will be open, sounds perfect for me! basically a front end!

    my only concern at the moment would be if the buttons for switching desktops is touch friendly (ie spaced apart and fairly large). I might just try it on my laptop and see how it goes before throwin it on the carpc

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    yep, your exactly right, that is the beauty of Linux.

    btw, there's nothing stopping you from using icepanel and nghost on any distro of your choice. they can take care of your TS friendly workspace switcher and media player issues.

    good luck
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    wow, I never even thought of icepanel, or even heard of it. Looked at it, and wow, it looks like it would be perfect! heck the more i look at linuxice and nghost the more i might just stick with what works! how customizeable is nghost?

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    installed this today on my old p3, works great!
    I know the lite version does not come with an installer, but i manage to find a tutorial on how to install it.
    http://www.pilotennetz.de/computing/...stall/#english
    NOW! Someone tell me how to get hibernation working on this!

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    a few of things to note.
    -this is probaly the fastest booting linux distribution i've ever seen (compared to ubuntu, mandriva) (45 seconds for cold boot: 20 from POSt, and 25 more for boot)
    -there is a touchscreen software installed, but it does not work unless you're able to set to 800x480 resolution, which is not available in my display properties.
    -its too slow running on my p3 256mb of ram.
    -Once installed, u can switch the hard drive between any computer and it'll boot up fine.
    -on my coreduo 1.6gb it runs super smooth.

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    awesome Punky, sounds good! I think I will switch over to linux, i hate windows and how it always manages to f* up when i need it most

    now its just a matter of when I have time

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    Quote Originally Posted by vip3r87 View Post
    wow, I never even thought of icepanel, or even heard of it. Looked at it, and wow, it looks like it would be perfect! heck the more i look at linuxice and nghost the more i might just stick with what works! how customizeable is nghost?
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    not so fast guys. Everything is looking great, except for the touchscreen problem.
    I spent all today trying to force the 800x480 resolution so the touchscreen works properly, but i could never get my xorg.conf file to save the modified content. I changed under root, and exited xserver as well. All my setting would disapear everytime i restart. Anyone with better linux experience please teach me how to add a custom resolution.

    BTW. One totally retarded thing about this distro is the fact that its suppose to be touchscreen friendly, which most things are, except for the world's smallest window closing button.

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