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    I will check out the forum, I am even more interested now that I know mplayer is being used as the backend. I would like to really help with skinning and or developing nicer frontend graphics. Im also DL the latest alpha to play around with.
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    browse around the forums for nGhost Development at http://www.nextabyte.com/nanonymous/...wforum.php?f=1 to see some skins I've got in progress for nGhost. I would be glad to have another graphics guy on board with the distro as I would like to have a large selection of skins available for nGhost/LinuxICE users.
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    For those that may happen to live in australia and use Telstra Bigpond as their ISP - LinuxICE alpha 3 is now available on the bigpond file server until the 25th of june (I don't have much choice over the expiry date). Downloads from the bigpond file server don't count towards your usage.

    http://files.bigpond.com/library/?go=details&id=28629

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    well I set up a test rig (p4 1.6ghz, 256ram, 80 gig harddrive, nvidia chipsets) and am going to use this to test the distro and add to the development. Just realized I ran out of blank CD-r's but the .iso is waiting on the desktop of my other pc waiting to be burned
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    Ok installed "fiesty" on my test machine. The only thing is similar to another users problem, I cannot get the touchscreen to respond correctly. Its always mirrored or backwards. I treid messing with xorg.conf a bit and made some headway but its still going to need some tweaking. I would like to know more about nghost, how to change skins and add media etc. Still a lot of learning to do but I did manage to get your distro up and running good. Very responsive. Still feeling polar about all the xubuntu screens and the need to login a user and passwd. I think the distro should boot directly to frontend without user intervention. The frontend should actually be the GUI if you ask me, eliminate xfce all together. Just throwing some ideas out there but I think we really need to work on a new graphical user interface that is touchscreen friendly to boot directly into. Even if its just a heavily modified KDE or something that is TS friendly that would be better than having a random desktop GUI and a separate program for the frontend. If linuxICE is going to have tight integration I believe this needs to be addressed. Other than that things are looking good for an alpha. We need to decide a GPS application to at least try out and in order for this to work in the car, the GPS app should be properly embedded in the fronend. I want to port my RR skin over to a nGhost or even linux GUI if possible. Starting research to see what needs to be done to make this happen.
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    Glad you got it up and running.

    The nGhost that ships with ICE Alpha 3 has limited skinning capabilities. However the soon to be released nGhost 0.95 will have the capabilities to have completely customized skins. We are working on documenting how skins can be developed.

    Alpha 4 will contain the new nGhost and address many of the issues you mentioned.

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    I found that by using the login manager tool, and selecting to automatically login, I have bypassed the login and now boot directly to nghost. I am trying to get this going on an oldIBM stinkpad (600E modified to a 500Mhz CPU and a 20 Gb HD with 256 Mb RAM). I have it running, it's a little slow, but I have stumbled across some major issues. I'll take 'em over to the LICE forums and break 'em out there.

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    been hacking on xorg.conf for a couple hours now but I still cannot get rid of the reversed touchscreen. I tried everything listed with adding options but it looks like my xorg.conf has 3 entries for touschscreen or 'stylus' Anyway it might be also cause I have an older 4 wire cheapie TS as my tester. Something tells me a xenarc 5 wire would be working right. . .

    Also is there a gui app for TS configuration or is this going to be in a later release? Im starting to dig deeper into the distro and nghost and im really liking the speed of this OS. I saw a config for printing left in there still, I suppose this could be stripped, not many people print in the car. Looking forward to more releases and maybe some documentation on nGhost. Keep up the great work guys!


    Testing Roadnav .17 for maps and nav, looks somewhat touchscreen friendly
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    The next Alpha's calibrator will be more compatible with more ts's. I would hold off on a gui app until xorg 7.3 comes out with hotplug support for input devices (and better support for touchscreens). depending on how well xorg 7.3 works, it may be a must have in LICE.
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    If anyone here is interested in helping out with the Linux ICE distro, I've posted some things that need to be done. I will also create a TODO: section in the LinuxICE wiki.

    Having more developers will expedite the process by a lot and leave more time to focus on the overall ICE project and more focus on nGhost.

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