In my never ending quest to make my Z run my life, my next task is to create a car media player with my Z.
Here is my logic, the most expensive part of a car media player is the display. Then it hit me, I already have a perfectly good display on my Zaurus! Why go out and buy a new one just for the car? However, I quickly realized that there are 2 big problems with using the Z in the car:
1. Limited storage. Compact flash cards are getting cheaper, but I want access to my entire music collection (> 40GB).
2. Poor interface. Xmms is great, but it's not really meant for this purpose.
Now, nothing is going to fix problem #1 any time soon. Yeah, I could get a RATOC USB card and connect an external drive, but that means buying the card and the drive. I would have to spend at least $200, and I don't even know if the RATOC card works with pdaXrom yet. And problem #2 would still exist.
Then I started looking into what people are using in their cars for a media player in Linux. I came across this thread on mp3car.com. There they talk about a few interfaces, HeadUnit, MythTV, Freevo, and a few others. HeadUnit looks the best, but I couldn't get it to compile. MythTV is cool, but I couldn't get it installed either. Freevo, on the other hand, was a breeze. I got it installed on my home Debian box, and with a little X11 forwarding trickery I can now do this:
This is exactly what I want in my car. Simple interface, looks good, and it plays every music format out there.
Now, how am I going to do this?? I'm thinking the easiest way will be to get an inverter to power a computer in the trunk, and then do X11 forwarding with the display to my Z. I'll just have to figure out how to connect them... WiFi? Cat5? I don't know which would be better. I've never configured a direct IP connection between two computers, so I would really appreciate any help with that. Then I would connect the computer in the trunk via usb to my stereo (that's right, I have a unit for my stereo that functions as a usb audio device!).
Can anyone think of a better way to do this? Are there better interfaces out there than Freevo?
I've already ordered this car mount from shirtpocket, so I'm on my way at least.