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    Would the linux version of this run on an xbox?
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    Hmm, put this with some other useful car apps on linux (are there any gps for linux?) and create a distro as an ISO and we'd have a winner!
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    I'm reading up on it again. I took a haitus.
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    Navigator 4 runs on linux, hence the reason I ask.

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    For a live demo of HU, I'm thinking of maybe adding on several packages to Slax, an existing live linux distro based on slackware.
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    Hi guys, sorry I've been slow to respond to posts in this thread. I've had no time to check the forum lately. Here are some answers to your questions:

    1) Will users be able to browse through music in the way that media car works (Artist/Album/Track)?

    Actually, I believe MediaCar only lets you browse by directory. Currently, this is also how HeadUnit works. Due to popular demand I will probably leave it this way, but I'm trying to decide whether or not to use a pre-built database (which it currently does).

    2) Will support/drivers for xenarc and lilliput touch screens be imbedded into the Linux distro?

    Creating a distro so people can try it out is a very high priority. Pudge is currently working on it in his spare time. He will definitely be including drivers for USB touch screens and will be configuring video modes supported by Xenarcs, Lilliputs, etc... Drivers for popular EPIA mobos and ALSA-based sounds cards will also be included. Most likely, drivers will be added as needed to keep it small or can be configured during installation.

    3) Will the Linux distro support the EPIA Mini-ITX boards such as the m10k?

    see above

    4) Will there be any way to imbed Routis? (When I open up Routis in media car and then go to change a music track or album, Routis is sent to the back, and I am no longer able to access it without closing it and then starting over again)

    I have been able to embed Destinator and hijinks has gotten routis to work through Wine. Embedding these should be no problem, however, it still hasn't been implemented in HeadUnit.

    5) Are there any advantages to the possible Linux distro version as opposed to the windows one? Faster boot time? More stable?

    While I myself haven't been convinced yet that Linux is the way to go, these are some advantages that come to mind:

    - Smaller installation size and the ability to install onto a compact flash card (XP embedded may be able to support this as well, but I'm not sure).
    - Definitely a faster boot time (especially if you do things like mount your partitions as read-only, run in single user mode, only run minimal daemons, etc...)
    - The OS will probably will be more stable.
    - You can completely customize the boot process and load any image into framebuffer (manufacturor logo, etc...)
    - It's all open source so you can tweak anything you want (both the OS and HeadUnit).
    - People can add more I'm sure

    The big disadvantages are:

    - Not as much software is available (unless you use Wine, but some people don't like it)
    - Not as user friendly as Windows (but if someone creates a plug-and-play distro, it may not be a problem)
    - Not as good hardware support as Windows

    Anyway, HeadUnit is currently cross-platform, but I may decide to just focus on Windows or Linux, or keep it cross-platfrom depending on the demand.

    Would the linux version of this run on an xbox?

    I'm not too familiar with the distribution of Linux that runs on the xbox, but if ALSA drivers are available for the xbox sound hardware and if xine compiles on it, then it should be okay. I want to re-write HeadUnit to remove the dependency on Qt, so once that is done, it should run fine.

    Of course, all of this distro and Qt-removal stuff is still vaporware and will require some significant work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoPistonPC
    Hi guys, sorry I've been slow to respond to posts in this thread. I've had no time to check the forum lately. Here are some answers to your questions:

    1) Will users be able to browse through music in the way that media car works (Artist/Album/Track)?

    Actually, I believe MediaCar only lets you browse by directory. Currently, this is also how HeadUnit works. Due to popular demand I will probably leave it this way, but I'm trying to decide whether or not to use a pre-built database (which it currently does).

    I'm gonna hold you to that!

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    Navigator 4

    Quote Originally Posted by craigyb
    Navigator 4 runs on linux, hence the reason I ask.

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    Hi!
    I am new to this forum, and I did not read much about "frontend" for carputers, so I did not try headunit yet. But I was wondering how hard it could be to integrate Navigator 4 that just need Qt 3.2 and higher to work natively under linux? Also the kdebluetooth framework can be quite interesting to integrate?
    I am using a M10000 + slackware 10 + xmms + Navigator 4 + bemused server (kde) for playlist/volume control on series 60 phone. The whole thing works like a charm. Noatun and Xmms can be control with the phone, but since your using xine (if I am not mistaken), I'm quite sure xine could be easily hacked to support kdebemused server. There's also a bluetooth-Handfree support: you can even dial from your computer, your handy been in your pocket.
    I know it is a bit out of the scope of this thread, but your frontend is so beautiful that I was dreaming about such features included in this project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herve
    I know it is a bit out of the scope of this thread, but your frontend is so beautiful that I was dreaming about such features included in this project!
    You should really be thanking febsperanza and more mods for the beauty of the front end.

    But, those are some good ideas with regards to the bluetooth integration...
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    keep up the good work guys!

    I'm watching this thread and app with ENORMOUS intrest.
    This seems to be THE way to go.

    I've started to take a look at the source too, to see if there is anything i can do.

    I've just got all my hardware connected and firmwarepatched and what not, it works now at last... Installed gentoo last night, will continue with it this week and then try headunit...

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