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    Quote Originally Posted by simon_C
    you need a guy for some photoshop stuff, lemme know and i can make some slick graphics for it.
    Hey, if you are willing to donate your skills, go ahead and make an example or two, and I'll try to apply them to the buttons, etc. and see how they look! Thanks!

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    hey i need help installing this thing.

    ive got everything installed except pysqlite2.

    wenever i try to install it i get this
    error: invalid python installation: unable to open /usr/lib/python2.4/config/makefile (no such file or directory)
    i installed python 2.4 too....
    help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon_C
    hey i need help installing this thing.

    ive got everything installed except pysqlite2.

    wenever i try to install it i get this

    i installed python 2.4 too....
    help?
    Did you go into the pysqlite-2.0.3 directory, as root, and type:

    python setup.py install

    ?

    That should have worked. Also make sure you get "sqlite" and make and install that first. It uses the standard "configure, make, make install" method. If you installed python 2.4 (as have I), make sure it's in your path (I use /usr/local/...).

    Oh, and since it's looking for /usr/lib/python2.4 in your case, do you see the python2.4 dir there?

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    i see that puthon 2.4 dir there yes.

    ill see what i can do.....

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    hows this for a mockup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by simon_C
    hows this for a mockup?
    Very artistic! I think the buttons are too big (use precious real-estate), and I need the keyboard, etc. Plus, I'm not sure how goo the GUI I am using is at incorporating "skins" - I know you can set bitmaps on the buttons, but the shape may not be configurable, etc...

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    but large buttons are necessary when driving. and the keyboard would pop up when you click on search, rename, or add/remove.

    does it only take bitmaps? if it doesnt accept gif, tiff, or png, we wont be able to make buttons transparent over the background, so i'd have to incorperate the background into the buttons.....hmm lotta work there but i dont mind.

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    Can I be so bold as to make a suggestion?

    It seems most (if not all) the front ends are similar in that they use sometihng like visual studio or GTK windowing (i'm sorry, i don't know what they use in linux) to make the front end of the 'front end'.

    What if the actual front end ran as a backend. Aka a service (as is the case in windows, I don't know what the equiv. is in linux). And the front end can be created by anyway.

    That way you can have this rock stable backend with heaps of functionality and any frontend can access it.

    Oh, the other idea is to have a front end created in openGL? You could get some great results I think.

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    as for the size of those buttons, i love it. i have an aweful hard time driving and hitting the next button at the same time.

    what shotty is getting at is say having a "carputer api" (windows terms i know), basically a program that includes everything, its own xmms, mplayer, gps, etc etc, and you could build a "front end" just as a skin, even a full screen webpage with image mapped images that control the different functions.

    if you are fimular with roadrunner, this is how it works. it takes the different threads of programs, weaves them together, and then provides a "front end" or a skin that accesses these threads as needed and in a way that is accessable by the user.
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    Just my 2c here - I went the route of removing the necessity of buttons on the GUI altogether by using an RF remote control. It frees up alot of screen real estate and you don't have to mess around with a mouse or keyboard while driving. The touch screen works by tapping once, then it brings up a GUI representing very large buttons equivalent to what would be on the remote (depending on the module being used at the time) so even very large fingers on rough roads shouldn't have a problem.

    Has anyone else taken this approach?

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