Garmin MobilePC being tested- so far, so good.
After having spent quite some time working, hacking and generally messing around with my system, I have still been unsatisfied with some things.
GPS navigation being the biggest single flaw, as it is for many of us.
Using a linux-native application would be best, but nothing is yet available that does the job.
I have been experimenting a LOT with alternatives: the stuff I use on my laptop does NOT work well on a small screen (DeLorme Street Atlas in a VM.)
Some of the other, popular apps either don't work for various windows driver reasons or are too expensive for me to mess with.
So I decided to try Garmin, since I am fairly impressed with the state of their standalone units.
It is working. :)
The installation is NOT without problems, and a few hacks must be done and I have NOT thoroughly tested it yet (running on a desktop machine right now) but it looks pretty good so far. (Destinator LOOKED hopeful too- but the software locks up every 15 or 20 minutes while moving.)
I have begun a "HowTo" and will be testing it on another machine before trying it in the car, but I hope to actually have all of that done today.
The biggest issue with Garmin Mobile PC that I have so far is that it does not have its own virtual keyboard, but there are ways to work around that, if everything else holds up.