First Car PC, Gentoo Attempt..
Just wanted to stop in and say hello. I've been considering doing a car pc for a while now, and finally started the project.
2004 350z Touring model. Bose w/o Navigation. The plan is to use the 2003 cubby, with a 7" touch screen.
Athlon XP x64 5600+(2.9ghz dual)
1-4 Gig Ram(have 4 gigs..)
250 SATA laptop drive
USB GPS - prolific chipset
Gentoo Stage 3 Install(Well maybe).
Fluxbox and/or Slim window/desktop manager?
Pandora Radio via Adobe Air
Navit -- Maybe, kinda working
python interface/mp3 player/weather -- Using pymedia's module
I use SLES and ubuntu on a daily basis. I -thought- I had become decent at linux. Gentoo is, well, a humbling experience.
The gentoo install was pretty easy, and the more I used portage the more I liked it. However, I couldn't get X to work right on my first install. I emerged, xorg-server, xdm, fluxbox and slim. If I rebooted, it would come up and go to a black screen, and X working pretty hard for several minutes. After 5-10 minutes randomly i'd get a login screen. I added fluxbox to my xinitrc, and specified fluxbox as my XSESSION parameter in rc.conf. I also put slim in my xdm.conf . Fluxbox wouldn't start automatically, I finally fixed that by adding fluxbox to slim.conf (I think?). However, I still have a long delay before X starts, and it seems to randomly die..even tho 'X' is still running.
Looking in my xorg.log I saw 'unknown module' radeon, which made me think my ati drivers were incorrect and causing the long delays in X loading, and slow performance. However, if I tried to install ati-drivers, I got an error saying >=xorg-server-1.7.0 was blocking ati drivers ? I couldn't get past this.
Things I did manage to get working:
pymedia module for python
navit -- I had to manually touch the usb device for my prolific /dev/ttyUSB0
Pandora --- I use Pandora currently on my iphone connected to my radio. I love it, and this is part of my plan for my car PC. After installing adobe air, and grabbing the pandora.air this worked very well.
My first attempt was on an old spare IDE drive, i've decided to start fresh with the drive i'll be using. I'm not looking to be spoon fed, but i've exhausted my googling abilities and can not figure out my issue with my ATI Radeon onboard video. It's an Radeon 3200 series onboard video. I thought maybe it was a make.conf issue, so I added video card = Radeon to it, and re-emerged xorg, xdm, flux, and slim. I've been tempted to just install gnome or kde and see if that fixes it, but that seems like alot of bloat that I don't need for this project.
I've learned alot this weekend playing with Gentoo, but it's been pretty painful... USE Flags are something else..
My -goal- is to write my own interface in python. I'd like to integrate weather information on the main screen, have Music, GPS and Web abilities. I plan to call a 3rd party app for GPS(Navit or something). For Music, i'll write an mp3 player in python to handle this(pymedia module). As well launch Pandora.. I don't think I need a full blown gnome/kde environment to do this, but having a 5-10 minute delay in X starting is unacceptable.