Everything you ever wanted to know about LinuxICE2
What is LinuxICE2?
LinuxICE, is a Linux distro specialized for use in the vehicle. LinuxICE2 is a refresh of the core packages in LinuxICE1. We are using a new method of creating the image that should allow easier updating and easier maintaining. That means less bugs and more features for you.
LinuxICE is a free software project. It's free as in free beer, and free as in free speech. Take it, use it, modify it, and contribute back so everyone else benefits as well :).
LinuxICE2 is based on Ubuntu 9.04 and future versions will be based on 9.10 as soon as it's stable. We want to keep in sync with Ubuntu's core as much as we can.
What LinuxICE2 is not
LinuxICE2 is not a competitor to Road/Ride Runner, Centrafuse, or Streetdeck. Those are individual applications respectively. LinuxICE is more comparable to Windows XP, except newer, faster, and designed from the ground up to be used in the vehicle.
LinuxICE is not a commercial product. It is built and maintained by the efforts of others when they have time to spare. If you like the idea, there are a number of ways you can help.
What new features should I expect to see in LinuxICE2?
You shouldn't expect to see an amazing difference with the look and function of LinuxICE2 over LinuxICE1. You will see a new version of nGhost, Navit, HFP, and better integration between them. In addition to that, you may see a few nice surprises.
What is the current status of LinuxICE2
Pre-Alpha. I usually post test goals here. If you want to test, download the image, boot it and see if the test objective pass/fails.
What is the future of the LinuxICE project?
LinuxICE2 is intended to be a refresh, but LinuxICE3 is going to be so much more. Work has already begun on a revolutionary mobile desktop system that follows the nGhost2 paradigm: nGhost3. We don't have anything to show other than a few samples using the new ng3 API, but we'll have something soon. NGhost3 hopes to be the fastest, best looking, and most powerful of any competing software application --including the commercial offerings.
How can I follow development?
Follow me on Twitter, my blog or the openice forums.
I have a very simple question.
I am starting to build a car pc and have very little ubuntu experience. I have installed a VM ubuntu 9.04 on my Mac. I have also downloaded and installed the latest libnghost and nghost from the http://linuxice.openice.org/packages with no errrors. Ok, here is the really dumb question. How do you start nghost? I don't see it on the apps list to run. When I originally installed the linuxice OS you could config it through the touchscreen interface that started automatically. I do not want nghost to start automatically, until I have all the bugs worked out on ubuntu. Sorry, I am a complete noob and some of the documentation especially on openice.org is old. Thanks for any help much appreciated.