Possible EPIA distro for Linux, Can we make one?
I just made the switch to Linux on all of my personal computers plus my mom's computer (surprisingly I get very few complaint's from her now...) and I'm really starting to like Linux. I was wondering how hard would it be to build a custom distro just for the EPIA motherboards in an automotive environment? Is this a project that we could take on that would further push this field into the mainstream?
Although Linux takes some getting use to, the advantages of free and high flexibility would make it the perfect solution. On my car that uses Win2k I have to use about 5 differen't programs to make window's do what I want it to do and how I want it to look. Linux there is an endless amount of possibilities and the possibility to truly get it done right instead of using bandaides all over the place...
Anyway, is there anyone here who really has a grasp on Linux and what it takes to develop a distro? We could start out with one of the smaller distros and just add the features needed.
The only software application I see as a problem right now is GPS but I think that could be solved through using Wine (with fingers crossed...) or hopefully in the not to distant future a commercial package or an open package will come along.
As a side note I would have to imagine that VIA has probably looked at a custom distro for the EPIA board as it would make sense if they want to push into embedded and automotive applications. Maybe we should campaign on them a little and see if we could get them to work on a project?
Anyway, any takers on this idea? Also, has anyone run Linux on the EPIA and if so what distro and what problems did you encounter?