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    new linux front end

    i have been building linux HTPC centered systems since before xbmc was even in development. and i have noticed that there is a severe lack of really any in car entertainment systems but almost nothing fully usefull for what i am doing especially on linux.

    my goal is to have a full htpc that is easily customize-able for adding software, (i will have dsmlink on mine but most people will not need that) and easily usable.

    my plan is a custom themed debian-fluxbox system with large icons and a hardware based back/home button in double din form (hardware generic, i will probably build the themes on my laptop) with built in GPS software and stored maps, using generic GPS hardware.

    most of this stuff i have found, i am planning on rolling the distro soon. my real question is would any one be interested in something like this? should i make the distro download and installable from CD?

    i have a pic of the chassis and a i will try to do a mock-up photo here soon. i was trying to get it all posted before i had to leave tonight but i am already late so more to come...

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    you might want to take a look at LinuxIce 1st. It is a linux carpc operating system already put together.....but if you could improve on it(especially in the navigation dept) that would be awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by locs4dayz View Post
    you might want to take a look at LinuxIce 1st. It is a linux carpc operating system already put together.....but if you could improve on it(especially in the navigation dept) that would be awesome
    i did look at it and openmobile.

    linuxice looked like development had stopped, openmobile looked nice but not what i need for everything. i also looked at repackaging XBMC with built programs for navi, most of that would be fairly simple. but adding links for some other car specific logging and tuning programs would be more work then i want to do.

    mine will be so generic any module can be pulled and used. and i am fairly sure i have a nice navi system found. im not doing a mock-up, but if today is not to busy i should have the OS and default screen set up for some screen shots by the end of the day.

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    has anyone ever tried the KDE netbook interface? large default icons and no need to build an application launcher. i think customizing it will work for me. i had a partially put together themed fluxbox going but i think i am going to try this first.

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    also, the other way that ends up being simple but under used. take a light tabbing WM and use large desktop icons for your apps. customize the launching to go directly to full screen mode and walla. car system. really fluxbox and or sawfish would be great. you can even keybind controls for volume and app close etc. the box im building will have 1 hard button for app close. and probably just use the software controls for everything else.

    i may end up coming back to this approach, but the kde netbook interface seems slick so i am going to try it first. it may be overly complex for my goals though.

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    You may want to check back on Open Mobile in the near future...

    I hope to work on getting the latest development version working under Linux this summer and it is much nicer than the older stuff.

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    have you looked at tizen ivi? its got a lot of the stuff you want like apis to access vehicle data, html 5 frame work with vehicle specific APIs, a dlna api, policy management, and it boots pretty dang fast.

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