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    DirectFB and a Linux FE

    The current frontends for linux are giving me a nice big soft rubbery one. Is anyone working on a DirectFB or even just a plain FrameBuffer frontend that doesn't suck? If so, I'm willing to put in some serious time on this.

    Most specifically I plan on bringing to the table an XM direct interface, an embedded Perl interpreter for configuration management, scripting, etc.

    I'm familiar with setting up autoconf/automake, work well in a CVS/subversion environment and ready to move on this. If someone here is working on something, I'll team up with you, if not I'm going to start diving in.

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    Keep my fingers crossed.
    No. Wait a sec. Keep your figers crossed. What now.. do you want me to do that for you or what?!

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    This is really my next step as well. I don't have my carputer set up yet but I do know that I'm going to be lacking a good interface when I'm done.

    I've personally been thinking about Python being a good environment to work in. It would give the easy scripting ablility that would be necessary as well. (I personally don't feel that perl is very easy)

    If you do start something up, I may be interested in helping out as long as we are talking about something that would be GPL'd.

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    PyCar works under DirectFB just fine. See if you like it. It does not have XM interface yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by LagunaICE
    Keep my fingers crossed.
    No. Wait a sec. Keep your figers crossed. What now.. do you want me to do that for you or what?!
    A wise man once said: "speeking (sic) is worth the silver, silence is worth the gold. Got the point?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbors
    PyCar works under DirectFB just fine. See if you like it. It does not have XM interface yet
    I'd be willing to code an XM interface module for pycar. Problem is I am not well versed in Python. I absolutely abhor whitespace sensitive languages, also last I tried (a few years ago) the C/extension interface was awful. I'll try to get pycar running. Is there an OS install pycar prefers (i.e. that you develop on) that comes with the package versions I'd need by default? Currently running Fedora Core 4 on a thinkpad, but I can get any distro up and running if need be.

    As soon as my Mini DIN 8 pin male connectors come in (uggh, had to send back the DIN 6 pin female connectors they sent me, mjab.com couldn't have gotten more wrong if they tried...that's em-jay-ay-bee dot com), I'll be making a C library for linux for doing xm radio direct'ish type things and then I'll just make perl and python modules off of that.

    Noted that you do have an advantage that DirectFB already works with python. I'm still unsure if the perl and DirectFB threading will work. I've often had name space collisions when I tried to integrate more than one middleware package into my embeded perl.

    Like the screenshots for pycar, looks slick and automative'ish which is what I am looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellarite
    This is really my next step as well. I don't have my carputer set up yet but I do know that I'm going to be lacking a good interface when I'm done.
    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tellarite
    I've personally been thinking about Python being a good environment to work in. It would give the easy scripting ablility that would be necessary as well. (I personally don't feel that perl is very easy)
    I lurve Perl. However, I can code in just about anything given time. I'm currently thinking something modular/plug-in'able and something that uses a template/xml sort of deal for interface layout. I have experience making both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tellarite
    If you do start something up, I may be interested in helping out as long as we are talking about something that would be GPL'd.
    Exactly. No problems here with GPL. I lurve GPL too, and will release anything I make under the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vt0asta
    A wise man once said: "speeking (sic) is worth the silver, silence is worth the gold. Got the point?"
    Hohohohoho...
    Where do you get that saying from? You have a good teacher, dont you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LagunaICE
    Jackass.


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    My project draws to the framebuffer directly. It is not very refined (partially because of slow CPU), but you can take a peek at http://sumitbirla.com - just posted a video today.

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