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    cup o' ubuntu

    I was wondering how many people are using ubuntu in their car? Also has anyone figured out how to do login-less booting (typing gets really annoying in the car)? Thanks

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    I am using ubuntu in my vanagon. However, I am not using the ubuntu gnome desktop system. I am running X directly though a shell script. There is an 'auto-login' setting in the ubuntu login preferences, however which will probably do what you want.

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    That's very interesting that you are running x directly. Does that reduce the overhead? can you still use sleep and hibernate?

    Thanks BTW about the automatic login. It works great!

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    It should reduce the overhead a bit, since it doesn't involve running gnome. But since I only have the one app running (my perldash program) it is just easier to avoid the complication and run X directly.

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    I've been wondering how to hack the startup scripts so certain programs boot up every time. If I could get that to work, I would like to try out the X thing. Any tips on how i could do this? Thanks

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    Im using (x)ubuntu in my car on a (loud ) 700mhz p3-m sub-note (got it free! ) soon to be connected to a lilliput 619 (or maby 629?). I have two partitions with seperate installs, one of which contains a cleaned up xubuntu install + open office for use as a note taking and work machine. Judging by the default xorg.conf, xubutu comes with several touch screens already setup. The secound partition contains only custom kernel + x + roadnav started by script. I may switch to gentoo for the 'car' partition as i would like the fastest route calculations in roadnav, not that i want to spend a week compiling stuff (distributed compiling anyone?).

    Im very happy with this, it is considerably faster then the previous setup on the laptop of win2k + ms street and trips 200x.

    The default ubuntu installs have worked pereftly out of the box and i would recomend anyone interested to try the live cd!

    PS Anyone tried Edgy w/ a touch screen. Edgy contains some upgraded packages i need to compile RoadNav. Nevermind ill just burn a cd myslef and try it when the touch screen arives.

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    I am running (x)Ubuntu in my car on a Via Nano. For auto logins, you can go to System -> Administration -> Login Window -> Security Tab Select Enable Automatic Login
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    0% - Mobo died on 2/17/08
    Check out the worklog for my '01 Pathfinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    I've been wondering how to hack the startup scripts so certain programs boot up every time. If I could get that to work, I would like to try out the X thing. Any tips on how i could do this? Thanks
    You can do that in /etc/init.d

    cd /path/to/file
    su username -c command file

    for python file test.py as user testdude
    su testdude -c python test.py

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