The new karkomp: iphone/ipad video server
Quite a while ago, I spent quite a bit of time messing around with car pc’s. I was never truly happy with what I had. However, on my new car, I’m adding a pair of roof mounted LCDs and an iphone/ipad video cable. NO MORE DVDs in the car!
Since storage space is fairly limited on those devices, I decided that a video server would be a great addition to load up a bunch of movies that I won’t carry around on my devices. (Think Tinkerbell)
For now I’m using what I have on hand: a dual core ATOM Foxconn 45CSX (the network interface is crappy slow on it) I will be upgrading it to something with gig and a core 2 duo at least in the future. That’s stuffed into a case with a 12v power supply. An older 200gb laptop drive will soon become a new 500gb, but it’s not a big deal.
For the server, I decided to use ubuntu linux with the alpha air video server installed. It turns out to be really simple to do, thanks to a custom repository out there. I chose linux because it’s the most stable when you’re dealing with random power outages and it won’t waste the sparse cpu driving an unnecessary GUI.
Thanks to http://blog.frameos.org/2011/02/08/installing-airvideo-linux-server-in-ubuntu/ for the time saving writeup!
More later when I get the install together.