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    Ubuntu has excellent driver support on the 6.06 release. It automatically detected 2 of my wifi cards that have been a PITA to setup before (never got them to work really before). I think that would be a good install. Might need a bit of tuning. The only problem I'm seeing is that we need a good front end, voice control, text-to-speech and a good GPS program. I have looked around at a couple programs and installed a ton of crap - but can't get it to run or find out where the damned app went to.

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    Ubuntu is pretty heavily loaded with stuff, boot times on my new Core Duo 1.86GHz laptop aren't anything to write home about, I'd hate to see how long it takes on a VIA board. It would need more than just a bit of tuning.
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    Yes it does need a lot of tuning - or more like ripping uneeded apps out. I have found out that can be a PITA on Ubuntu. IE - Try removing Open Office and have it tell you it wants to remove the Ubuntu desktop.

    What would be nice is a system that you select what you have for hardware and what apps you wish to have and it generates an iso that has source code for anything that comes with a source and it compiles on install. That way the programs and drivers are compiled for your system instead of a generic compiled binary.

    It looks like open source voice command software is pretty much nill right now. Sphinx is good if you want to develope your own stuff - but other than that - I can't find anything worth my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellis
    Yes it does need a lot of tuning - or more like ripping uneeded apps out. I have found out that can be a PITA on Ubuntu. IE - Try removing Open Office and have it tell you it wants to remove the Ubuntu desktop.
    You can get the 6.06 Alternate install CD and do an OEM install and pick & choose what you want. I have not looked at how lean you can get it, but I would guess you can strip out a lot of crap. You can also try the Server install CD.

    Quote Originally Posted by ellis
    What would be nice is a system that you select what you have for hardware and what apps you wish to have and it generates an iso that has source code for anything that comes with a source and it compiles on install. That way the programs and drivers are compiled for your system instead of a generic compiled binary.
    They call it Gentoo! You'll probably never get Ubuntu (or maybe anything else) as tuned as a good Gentoo install. Just takes lots and lots of time.
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    ^^^

    And yet, your signiture says you use Ubuntu...
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    Yup. It's the lots of time to do a stage 2 emerge and gas being over $3/gallon! It takes almost all weekend to do do a Gentoo install on my little nanao...
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    Quote Originally Posted by walstib

    Yup. It's the lots of time to do a stage 2 emerge and gas being over $3/gallon! It takes almost all weekend to do do a Gentoo install on my little nanao...
    Are you implying that you leave your car running as you run something like 'emerge -uD world'? If so, I would suggest purchasing a battery charger/booster. It can be used to jump start your battery if necessary, but also to supply current directly to your car's electrical system, preventing your battery from discharging. Of course, you need to be near a wall outlet though.

    On really long emerges, I let it sit connected to my backup battery overnight.

    Here is the one I use: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3418

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    Quote Originally Posted by walstib

    Yup. It's the lots of time to do a stage 2 emerge and gas being over $3/gallon! It takes almost all weekend to do do a Gentoo install on my little nanao...
    I just take mine out (laptop with docks) for that very reason.

    I hope you don't leave it idling that long either, you'll foul your plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    Originally Posted by walstib

    Yup. It's the lots of time to do a stage 2 emerge and gas being over $3/gallon! It takes almost all weekend to do do a Gentoo install on my little nanao....
    Okay look who is complaining ...
    Gas being $7.16 / a gallon here in Belgium

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpuype
    Okay look who is complaining ...
    Gas being $7.16 / a gallon here in Belgium
    Sweet Odin's Beard!!!!

    that's a lot of money. but still, when i started driving 6 years ago gas was a dollar a gallon, a little less actually, and it has tripled in 6 years. gah

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