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    Unfortunately, due to extenuating life circumstances, I probably won't be able to help out as much as I planned, let alone lead the project. I'm hoping that you all will take this project and run w/ it. Perhaps sometime in the future I can re-join the efforts.

    kev000: Thanks for taking the initiative to get minimyth built. The next step would simply be for someone to decide what frontend to use. Personally, I liked the prospects of a flash-based frontend, mostly because it's easy to develop, and it will attract more creative people. Also, I believe the new flash for linux comes with a standalone player. Anyways, the next step is also to just start taking stuff out that we don't need, and adding stuff in that we do need. As far as booting, I've only had experience net-booting minimyth, but I know it can be booted from a flash disk. The minimyth guys are definately a great reference for any questions you have.

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    Unfortunately, due to extenuating life circumstances, I probably won't be able to help out as much as I planned, let alone lead the project. I'm hoping that you all will take this project and run w/ it. Perhaps sometime in the future I can re-join the efforts.
    Sad to hear.

    I would love to take on this project. I have some time to spare. But as far as using minimyth, I have a few concerns. I propose that we could use a ubuntu based OS. This seems to be the simplest and most user friendly way of doing things. We could use Reconstructor to make a carpc customized livecd/install cd of ubuntu. By stripping the unnecessary packages and by using a fluxbox/xfce/icewm window manager we could get the image <300mb. By adding repositories we can get easy access to awesome stuff after installation: suspend2, etc. everything else is just an apt-get install away.
    A minimyth based distro would have a lighter footprint, however it requires a lot more work to get it customized to the point that it is usable in the car. After that it is very limited on what you can do to it after it is installed.
    Contributions can be made by creating packages, usplash images, etc.

    I would love to hear what everyone here thinks of the proposition. If agreed I can set up a page on the nanonymous webpage and create a forum for it.
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    I will gladly offer any help in customizing velocity for the os, should that be desired.

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    I propose that Kev000 and sama lead the distro and frontend, respectively. You both seem to have a good idea of what needs done. Here's to your efforts!

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    whilst it's flattering, I don't think I'm quite the right guy for the job

    I'm a Java developer and know just enough about Linux to get myself by.

    I understand that this distro is destined to run any frontend. I'd certainly be willing to get velocity optimised for the distro (not to include any already included modules etc), but don't think I can lead otehr frontends!

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    That's ok. In fact, once the VM is installed, you're probably set anyway in terms of dependencies. Kev000, what do you say?

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    I'll do my best. The dependencies for the velocity frontend shouldn't be difficult at all. I'll need some help on some other parts, but we've got a great community here that I'm sure would help out. If what I'm thinking works out it'll support nghost, SW2, and velocity out of the box.
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    Since there are already so many Linux distros out there, why make another? Why not create a build script for one of the existing distros, it would cut down on a lot of the testing as software is updated, just get the latest version of that distro and run the script to do the custom install.

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    It does seem like a bad idea to fork mini myth, as unless we maintain the core install ourselves we will need to regularly merge changes in the mini myth release.

    For this reason I second ubuntu as the distro. I suggest using the 'server' edition (lightweight, no X) with the addition of ratpoison as the window manager. It's the lightest on the market that doesn't really support a mouse (hence ratpoision ). This seems ideal for a carpc.

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    Hey Guys,

    Take a look here:

    https://www.timekiller.org/carpc/index.php


    maybe interesting....


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