From what I understand, the Infill Station runs on windows as well, it still requires you to boot into an OS. Someone with the actual InfillStation correct me if I'm wrong.
As far as the "HU mode" question goes, doesn't it have it's own interface (although very basic) such that you can still listen to radio and CD's without booting into an OS? I think that's what these questions referring to "HU mode" are asking...
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It's an intention thing.
We intend for the G4 to be used like a head unit, not like a computer in a car.
The purpose behind the unit it to make it an easy to use product for the masses.
It's not going to be marketed to the public as a computer in the car in the normal sense that we think of a computer in the car. When most people hear that, they cringe, and rightly so. It's designed to be used like a hu, but with more features. It's not designed to be like a windows machine in your dash, though, in all reality, that's what it is.
Everything is done just like would normally be done in a carPC, there's no special feature or interface that's G4 specific necessarially.
The intent behind StreetDeck as a front end is to make using a computer in the car easier, safer, and possible on a mass scale, just like a hu. The typical hobbiest CarPC does not make using a computer in the car easier, safer, and possible on a mass scale.
That's what's ment when we say that the intention is to make it function like a HU first and a CarPC second.
And as far as the pre-OS functions not making sense, my pc has the PlayNow Bios which allows playing of CD's, DVD's and radio without booting into the OS, and as far as my wife is concerned, it makes a lot of sense. In fact that's all she uses when she drives my car. But, on the other hand, maybe the logic you're using here is that if you do not want to be bothered with using an OS in your car, then why are you buying a pc for your car?