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    Question anyone using Linux?

    I'm trying to use Linux for my car mp3 player. I was using windows ME but every now and then it would go to safe mode and eat itself. I have tried Mandrake 8 with reiserfs but after about a week the journal gets hosed and it kernel panics. I am trying RedHat 7.1 with XFS but I can't get KDE and XMMS to save their window positions and settings.

    What are the linux people using here in the way of filesystems and solutions?
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    I am using Debian/GNU 2.2 with linux 2.4.4. ext2 filesystems, like so:

    / read only (includes /usr)
    /boot read only
    /home read write
    /var read write
    /dos read write (FAT32 fs where mp3's are stored)

    If the system is shutdown improperly, it only takes about 60 seconds to do a FSCK on the read write partitions since they are only about 500mb each. The FAT32 partition doesn't get FSCK'ed.
    I cheat, I own an empeg.
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    Yep. Using Mandrake and Win95, dual boot in my vehicle

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    For those using Linux, are you also using any sort of GPS application?

    I wanted to use Linux, but the only decent gps app I could find was Mayko's, and it didn't have features like routing, or detailed maps (though you can use your own maps). The other problem was tv-out drivers for the ati card, though that's probably a non-issue now with the improvements to X.

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    Very Few. It's just not something the commercial companies want to support. It's unfortunate.

    The companies write stuff like this, then people don't buy it, or they whine that it's not open source. blah.

    The real problem is not the software, it's getting good maps. At least that is how I see it.

    For me it's a non issue, I have no graphical interface to my system, just a serial 20x4
    I cheat, I own an empeg.
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    yeah, on my first mp3car i used SuSE. Check out dodge.mp3car.com for pics and stuff.
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    Thanks, what I finally got working is the modified XFS installer for redhat 7.1 from SGI and blackbox is saving the settings, so I am using that for my WM. Loads a lot faster then KDE also
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    *--> slightly off topic <--*
    What do you think of XFS so far Squeezer? Does it live up to the hype? What kind of boot time do you get on a bad shutdown?

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    Originally posted by Meatballman:
    <STRONG>*--> slightly off topic <--*
    What do you think of XFS so far Squeezer? Does it live up to the hype? What kind of boot time do you get on a bad shutdown?</STRONG>
    XFS is awesome, I HIGHLY recommend it. As you know with Linux, old e2fsck would take up to 30 minutes to scan a drive, then the new e2fsck still takes about 5 minutes. Reiserfs takes about 5 seconds to replay the journal, but on my computer once a week it would hose the journal and I'd have to fdisk and start over. So far, no problems with XFS. XFS doesn't have to replay a journal, scan anything, etc, it just comes up and goes like nothing happened. It loads up just as fast with an unsafe shutdown as it does with a proper shutdown. I love it!
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    Just for comparison, I've been using reiserfs since Mandrake 7.2b1. It takes 2-5 seconds for a replay, but it's never hosed the journal for me. Been completely reliable. I just power off the machine and everytime it boots up fine.

    Glad you got something working on your system, Squeezer.
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