Report AVIC 700BT Hardware in Hacks/Mods Posted November 30, 2009 And what navigation software would you put on it? There are few Navi systems that run on Linux (i.e. TomTom's PNAs), none that I know of are for sale to run on third party hardware. And without navigation, AVIC isn't exactly useful. There aren't many as polished as iGo, Tom Tom or Garmin, but there are open-source nav programs that exist: http://navit.sourceforge.net/ (I like this one, uses gpsd for location and speechd to announce directions) http://sourceforge.net/projects/viking/ http://www.gpsdrive.de/ http://roadmap.sourceforge.net/ http://roadnav.sourceforge.net/ OK, the remainder of this will be a small rant, feel free to stop reading and go about your day/night. I'm about to get touchy-feely, consider yourself warned. For teksimian, the whole point of considering Linux would be to use a set of apps of his choosing, contribute fixes and enhacements back to the apps he uses or if he so chooses write his own from scratch. In theory, he could do the same on a Win CE platform. Yes, if he chooses Linux he would likely also include writing his own drivers to duplicate the ones already done for Win CE for our device. Yes, Win CE is probably the platform that's targeted the most because of market share and a healthy support ecosystem. But something to consider is that the platform is not completely open and doesn't have the lowest capital cost of entry (I'd cite the non-free dev tools required as the biggest obstacle). This might have caused teksimian to seek an alternative. Other alternatives could have easily have included QNX, FreeBSD or any other OS that can run on an ARM architecture. I respect that many of us have firmly held opinions regarding alternative OSes on our AVICs, but you have to recognize there are individuals in our AVIC community interested in running them. In this case, all teksimian wanted to know was what hardware the system uses. This request was for facts about the hardware and not soliciting our preferred choice of OS. Of course, this is my own opinion and guides how I interact with teksimian or anyone else on the forum. Just something I hope will be considered by others and hopefully make them pause before typing a flippant response, since the forum has recently driven away some great contributors like IDT and might scare off potential contributors like teksimian with adversarial responses. Remember, we have the Wiki available to use to start collecting FAQs with their answers, and can guide new people towards them and hopefully cut down on the frustrating repetition of n00b questions. Just some food meant for thought. I hope I haven't offended anyone, but chances are I did anyway.