Nope, your not the first, there are even a couple of front ends for linux that are already designed! Have fun with the install and be sure to post pics once your done!
Just thought i'd say hi, new here. Not really to the point of questions just doing initial research now, and thought i'd make an account.
Plan to install a linux carpc in a 2004 nissan 350z Touring edition, non nav with bose system. I'd like to install a 7" in the cubbyhole.
I work with linux, and run it at home. It's more of a challenge than anything. Like to get satellite radio, gps and mp3 abilities.. nothing crazy. Most familiar with SLES, Opensuse, and ubuntu.. havent' chosen one for this project yet.
The hardware will be in my glove box behind my passenger seat, and i'll retain my current radio. Though, I will want to wire into it for sound.
I'll be around, i'm sure im not the first to do this kind of project.
its a PITA to get into this hobby. carpc's are expensive and expensively frustrating when things go wrong (and they will). however, once you get things settled in they can make driving so much more enjoyable, and safer. keys, cash and phone is all i ever take with me now. no stupid ipod to worry about, no burning cd's just to have something to listen to, no forgetting charger cords for anything, no fumbling around while driving for entertainment... its all in one nice package. i always motivate myself on projects because they will make my life better, and my truck pc has definitely done that.
Yea I'm doing for the geek factor, and it's a good lesson. Always learning new things with Linux, and Linux always presents a good challenge.
My biggest current concern is the car, I've seen installs but I'm pretty sure they were I. The navigation version, not the non.. Though I could be wrong.
It'll be fun, I'm different then most probably I'll enjoy the coding and software side of things alot more than the car install part!
So maybe I do need some help.
After reading it appears the norm is to use the Navigation cubby to install the LCD, since my car is non Nav I have two options..
1.) Purchase the nav cubby and use it(most common)
2.) put a double din LCD in for the radio(less common it seems?)
What does everyone suggest? It's a bose system, I have an aftermarket sub with an amp for that sub. Would I have to replace all the other speakers/amps if I did this, or could I use existing bose speaker/amps with my computer?
Well back to researching..
There have recently been some threads in the car audio section on integrating a car computer with a factory amp, so look into those, and decide if it is worth the hassle of the factory stuff, or aftermarket
**denotes iPhone post.
I also prefer Linux and I have been playing around with Ubuntu Netbook Remix. I think the UI layout has the possibility to work well in our application. I am working on getting nGhost and NavIt compiled and testing them in UNR.