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    Question Linux Apps

    Iam not sure if I am correct or not...I am new to Mac's and know virtually nothing about linux but wouldnt it be possible to use a linux Car PC front end like Dashpc due to the unix backend in OS X?? If it would be possible, even with a little work from people that know what they are talking about unlike myself this could be a very good solution to everyones problems. However...if I am totally wrong please try to not laugh too hard for my stupid comments.....like I said I dont know the first thing about programming.

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    Great question.

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    I am talking out of my butt because I am not a programer by trade, but I think it is the Gnome or KDE that might throw a monkey wrench into it. but... Open office uses X11... I have complied quite a bit of command line stuff. (ie Netbios translation. etc.) I don't know much about things that use gnome and KDE........Well.... what about running yellow dog linux on the mac and using that as a front end.......Well I would miss OS X though.... Just a silly rant, don't mind me.

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    Once again...dont know macs very well but can you dual boot like you can in windows??

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    There's no dual boot. When you boot the Mac, you're in Unix. The GUI runs as a front end called the "Finder". To access the shell, you simply launch the terminal window and you're in the bash shell. You can set it up so it doesn't boot the GUI, but I've never done it.

    As far as running Linux apps on the Mac, I know it is possible to recompile Unix apps for BSD, but I have never done it.

    Pycar is written in Python and could theoretically be compiled for Mac Python, but it's beyond me how to do it.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    There's no dual boot.
    Not true. You can install Linux and dual boot between it and Mac OS. On one of my powerbooks I can triple boot between Mac OS 9, X and Linux.

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    Like I said before this is really not my field.....but wouldnt it be easier to just recompile one of these apps to be used in os x than to start from the ground up like the ccar project. Granted Ccar is a great looking front end; with respect to time wouldnt this be the quicker option?

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    Also check out www.dashpc.com shows more screen schots one of which being the software running on an XBOX!!!....someone smarter than I am has to be able to port this to os x!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gommino
    Not true. You can install Linux and dual boot between it and Mac OS. On one of my powerbooks I can triple boot between Mac OS 9, X and Linux.

    Rob.
    Sorry. I misunderstood. Thought the question was whether you had to select one over the other. With OSX, it IS Unix. No need to bother with dual booting.

    @hockey999 - Why don't you wander over to the Linux forum and ask if anyone knows anything about this? I think our problem is that we don't have any experience doing what you're asking.

    It's not a bad idea, I just don't think anyone here has any experience doing this.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    If OSX has the various GNU tools (make, gcc, etc), you can try installing the appropriate libraries and compiling it. Watch the errors and fix things until it compiles cleanly

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