On 09/02/2010 09:06 AM, Linuxguy123 wrote:
I need to vent... I'm getting frustrated with Linux. Well, not Linux
per se, and not Fedora, but the whole experience part of things.
I desperately need to do something about the audio system in my car.
Its got a head unit that doesn't have an aux in, nor does it support
mp3s, etc. It needs to be replaced ASAP.
Solve that with an FM tuner for $20.00-$30.00 US.
I also need navigation, desperately.
All Modern Android phones have very good GPS based apps for in car use,
and the Droid X has a nice large screen for it. It would also be a
great audio source for your first issue.
Its been that way for a while. I considered doing a car PC. I
like all the engineering required to do that, so I nixed it. I
considered embedding a HP Tablet in the dash. I took a close look at
them and nixed it due to display issues, heat, etc.
Again, the Droid X in a car dock is the bomb! The SAMSUNG Galaxy S
class phones are available on all 4 major US carriers, and have a screen
that can be seen in bright light, and all run Android.
So I've been waiting and waiting. I considered buying a
unit with nav but the screens are too small and they seem to go out of
date faster than bread on the counter.
Another reason to use your phone for this. When you update your phone
every couple years you don't need to modify your car! However, when you
do buy a new car, be sure to gee good bluetooth and USB support. Its
Along comes the iPad. And it seems to do everything I want. Plays
MP3s. Does nav. Bright screen. Affordable. And if you check youtube,
lots of people have embedded them in cars.
The iPad has nothing to offer, and was
designed to stagnate the 'PAD'
market into a more expensive and easier to control market. All other
manufacturers who were about to launc at the same time, withdrew and
rethought and redesigned to factor in Apple's horrible pricing model.
In the next few months, all of those guys that got scared by Apple will
be back along with all those inspired by Apple. The 'PAD' market will
explode, as it should have early this year. Its best to wait. You
should be able to get at least three times the hardware specs for the
price of an iPAD very soon.
But being an OS guy, I want a machine running Linux, not iOS or
its called. Where is it ? I keep reading stories about dozens of
tablet devices running Linux/Android/Meego on Slashdot, but where are
While I have your attention, I also own a Nokia N900 phone. Right now
its running Maemo, which works, but is hardly what one would call
elegant. Actually, there are some things that don't work, but that is
another story. Nokia is saying they will be shipping Meego in October.
I have my fingers crossed.
I almost got the N900 as well. I have an N810 and always wished it had
a phone. I held off a few weeks and jumped on the Nexus One and never
looked back. I have been recommending Android devices ever since. Just
make sure it runs or very soon will run at least 2.2 Froyo. I have
personally spent a lot of time with: Nexus One, Droid X, and the SAMSUNG
Vibrant from T-Mobile.
Another thing I am waiting on is KDE 4.6. I am pretty disappointed
KDE 4.5 I know it was a bug fix release, but I expected more.
At this point I REALLY have to applaud Apple. They really seem to have
their act together.
No, they rushed to market with a really bad product to stall the
marketplace. It worked. :( You do know that the bezel was built to
hold the Apple Camera, but it shipped without. Why? And don't get me
started on USB ports and, and, and ...
The various vendors in the Linux camp really need to get their butts in
gear and start delivering. Hardware companies need to get their
tablets OUT into the market. Nokia et al need to get Meego OUT and get
some nice apps written for it. (Have you looked at the iPad and iPhone
app store lately ?) And the KDE camp needs to finish delivering on
their vision for what KDE 4 is supposed to be.
Both the Apple app store and the Android market are loaded with screen
savers and tip calculators. Don't believe that some wild number of apps
means anything at all. The vast majority are junk, designed to get a
dollar from as many fools as possible. That is what they do, collect
dollars, not much else.
Just remember what it was like back in the day when you used to ask
yourself: "Self, what computer should I buy?" and you answer: "It
depends on what you need to run on it."
Almost, computing devices like smart phones and other small computers
like laptops and tablets are indeed becoming ubiquitous and it really
doesn't matter. So why not get your money's worth?