New to CarPC and Linux. Critique my proposal.
I've been reading the forum for a few weeks now and decided to post my questions since I believe I've exhausted the search. I want to describe the proposed setup of my CarPC and let the geniuses who poke around this forum offer advice before I start reinvesting my tax return. :peace:
I plan on using a 7" Lilliput Touch screen (EBY701), with a GuruPlug Display to run all of my goodies (stats are in the link). It ships with Linux on the internal flash memory. The goodies I want to run are Centrafuse (other suggestions welcome) for the front end, GPS software with rooftop antennae, OBDII hardware, reverse camera, wireless keyboard, Griffin Powermate volume knob, DVD drive, tuner for FM radio and a sound card. I'm looking for options to power this beast and Carnetix seems to get the vote for most CarPCs but will it work with the GuruPlug? Below is a list of components I compiled when I was going with a Windows XP base for this. After some experimentation I determined that tinyXP takes too long to start up on my old donor PCs. I'm hoping for a below 30 second startup; ideally 15 seconds.
How ambitious is this for me, as a complete beginner, to be tackling Linux? Is Linux going to be a good fit for what I want to accomplish? Is there enough driver support out there for all of this hardware? What are the speed bumps that I may not see?
Thanks for the time you took to read and think about this. I feel like I'm a little on the cutting edge since the GuruPlug Display unit hasn't been released yet so I want to gather all of the input I can. I sent a similar email to the company which sells the GuruPlug.
CarNetix CNX-P2140 185W Dual Output Intelligent DC-DC Regulator
Preassembled Black Double Din LCD Frame with 7" Lilliput EBY701
ElmScan Compact 5 USB OBD-II by ScanTool
CMOS Infrared, Night Vision, Waterproof, High Resolution Backup Camera, works with 1" Mounting Hole
Mini-Key USB Wireless Keyboard PS3-0326
Griffin Powermate Volume Knob 1100-PWRMTS
Rooftop GPS/Cellular/PCS/WiFi antenna GPS 2400
Centrafuse Auto Navigation Edition for North America
Panasonic Slot Load CW-8124 DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive 24x24x24 Disc Drive
HQCT 1.0 (High Quality Car Tuner) FM Radio