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    Also, if you want a bit of a giggle, this is the other car this system is destined for

    I think it may have to be ruggedised a little - not a lot of protection from the elements. And yes, the geek driving is me

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    goatworks, any updates on this? I would love to switch my CarPC over to Linux. The main reason being that I will be able to run a native 800x480 resolution with my EPIA integrated S3 graphics adapter (there are no Windows drivers that provide this resolution yet). The other reason being that I just like Linux better.
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    I'm actually writing one in VB at the moment...

    Expect it to be open source via CVS somewhere in the next month or so. (ie when I at least get the basics working)

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    Quote Originally Posted by goatworks

    god_of_cpu: We looked in quite close detail at the project you suggest and, initially, we thought "Great! Off-the-shelf software to use!", but it appears monolithic in construction - one large Master Control Program with all of the Tron-esque problems that go with it... By abstracting everything from everything else via a network layer, the whole thing is decentralised whilst remaning coherent. There is no specific master and slave relationship - any component can query any other component as they are all stand-alone systems in their own right. Don't like the GUI? Use a different one! Whilst the plug-in / skin model serves an application designed around a specific task very well indeed (XMMS, Photoshop etc) it limits the scope of the application terribly. What if you want to add more / fundamentaly-different functionality to the GUI? You can't do that with a skin or a plug-in. This "system" - or rather group of systems - could theoretically be tweaked to do whatever you want with very little effort, simply by writing glue code or other daemons. Having said that, there's nothing to say a GUI / daemon author couldn't include a plug-in API with which people can extend his/her chunk of code!
    this thread was just revived and I never saw this the first time.. so i'm gonna respond.. Xcar is complete slave/master designed. We use a core system and everything from mp3/video/dvd/gps is a plugin to the core system. You create a skin for the main menu then we have a themer class for all the plugins.. don'e wanna run the xine version for dvd.. then compile the mplayer plugin for dvd.

    And yes bigb wrote a nice little doc for the plugins. There are three main developers. I am not a C++ person so i have done little dev work other then little odds and ends.. but bigb and knight have vast experience with enterprise level development so not only is the project moving along at an incrediable pace but is also a very open ended system you can add almost any type of plugin you want into it. I think bigb said he loaded 150 plugins with no performance hit
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    Nice, I now see that Xcar has incorporated sumit's TMRS code. Last time I checked, there was no GPS support and that was the one thing holding me back from making the switch to Linux. Now that it is being included, I'm looking forward to trying out your software. Great work!
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    mebbe you could join my project
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