Obsolete info. This was just an early attempt somewhere in 2002.|
Because a multitasking cheap operating system is needed with good hardware support (USB) and good graphical capabilities, Redhat Linux 7.3 with bare X is used.
A customized version of xmatrix from the xscreensaver package is used to give a neat background. The customization removes the anoying 'Wake up Neo' messages. (After all, I'm just Henk, not some Neo-dude. Besides, it wouldn't be good if a computer has to tell to wake up while I'm behind the wheel...)
The user interface of the system is somewhat similar to PalmOS; a bunch of launcher buttons allow to start applications and switch between them. This is different than the usual (Windows, KDE, Gnome) launchers because those will start another instance of the application instead of bringing it back to the front. Standard taskbar entries will do that, but those get lost when the application terminates.
A new application CarPC-console is written to implement this functionality. Also customized window manager behaviour is added.
Linux Powerswitch Driver by Joris van Rantwijk (hey, sounds like another Dutch guy!) handles the powerbutton events from the powersupply, get it there, or here (version 1.4) It seems that the tudelft.nl site is gone, hopefully the guy has graduated... (tudelft is an university)
White Bream will not (for now at least) actively support Linux as an OS for car computing. However, serious developers working on non-Windows (Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, ...) implementations with CARGO may expect decent cooperation with technical information and advise where needed.