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    Ubuntu as a car PC

    Hi there,

    I just came across this site, so I am not sure if I will be teaching you guys to suck eggs... I am sure it will be useful for someone.... but basically I have a Sony UX1XN which I am in the process of adding Carputer functionality to.

    I have a good working Sat Nav which can be seen here;
    [media]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zyGHaSoZcTk[/media]
    Instructions for installing it under Linux are available here;
    http://micropctalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4828

    I have also installed the newly created "Ubuntu Mobile" finger friendly GUI onto my existing Ubuntu Hardy install, which can be seen here;
    [media]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YGlaYL1Rav0[/media]
    and here;
    [media]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ZN7IzPsRg[/media]
    Instructions for installing this are available here;
    http://micropctalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4829

    I apologise for all the links but it beats re-posting everything.

    What I want to achieve is the following;

    - I want a sat nav and media device (other functions might be added later) on my UX1XN.
    - I want a docking station "hard-wired" into both my car and my other half's car.
    - I want an OEM-looking feel to the GUI for each car (a Saab look for mine and an Audi look for my missuses car).
    - I want the device to detect which car it's in and load the appropriate GUI automatically.
    - I want it to boot to a normal desktop when not docked in either car - again automatically.

    I have plenty of ideas as to how I could achieve all of this (I am thinking seperate Audi and Saab logon accounts and a script that greps for the MAC address of the ethernet NIC of each docking station when it switches itself on)... but I thought I would ask here if anyone has either already achieved something similar or would be interested in helping out?

    Many thanks for your time.

    Dan

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    interesting post...thanks im gonna look into it as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by kabukijoe View Post
    interesting post...thanks im gonna look into it as well
    You're welcome - since joining here I have been looking at LinuxICE which seems pretty slick and I would like to incorporate elements of that into my 'build'. I'll post updates as and when.

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    that is great news!

    Great news, now my ubuntu system can get beyond the hack UI. I've been waiting for something like this to crop up. Kudos to ubuntu.

    Here's my thing: via epia sp8000, xenarc 700, navit, mplayer ...

    My road trip is in a few days and hopefully I can get this on there.

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    music and video

    Kind of confused. I got the new hildon xorg session setup. I fire it up, and can't seem to list any media in either video or music. Is there a home directory setting somewhere? why does every app show blank media list and no way to select a folder by default ... ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocken View Post
    Kind of confused. I got the new hildon xorg session setup. I fire it up, and can't seem to list any media in either video or music. Is there a home directory setting somewhere? why does every app show blank media list and no way to select a folder by default ... ?
    what are you using to play the media?
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    This looks realy nice.
    Onley it doesn't work for me
    When i try to make the file in this step.
    Ubuntu say that i don't have the rights to make the hildon.desktop file.

    Thats it it is now installed and ready to use.
    To setup a separate X-session which will be available at login, here is how you could do it;

    Create a file called;

    Code:
    /usr/share/xsessions/hildon.desktop
    How can i start Hildon so i can test it on mine virtualbox.

    Thanks,

    Sal

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSal View Post
    This looks realy nice.
    Onley it doesn't work for me
    When i try to make the file in this step.
    Ubuntu say that i don't have the rights to make the hildon.desktop file.



    How can i start Hildon so i can test it on mine virtualbox.

    Thanks,

    Sal
    try creating it using the command 'sudo gedit /usr/share/xsessions/hildon.desktop'. That should overcome your permissions issue.

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    Tnx it is working now.

    One question, i installed the green skin but how can i switch from the black skin to the green skin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSal View Post
    Tnx it is working now.
    You're welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by MrSal View Post
    One question, i installed the green skin but how can i switch from the black skin to the green skin?
    They are not really skins as such. but the command you need to launch the 'green' one is "desktop-launcher". Best thing to do is run it from a terminal window first. That way if there is any difficulties you can alt-tab to the terminal window and kill it from there.

    I haven't had any issues with it however.

    Dan

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