Add nav kits to the list of computers to gnomize
Automotive navigation systems started being pretty specialized devices doing a single thing: navigate. Convergence is also hitting hard this sector, and the navigators are becoming more and more multimedia computers, Internet tablets, etc. Now some even have TV & video for your entertainment (hopefully not while you are driving).
I don’t have any study at hand, but I’d say that free software is not doing very well in these devices… yet. Looking at the technology there is nothing that couldn’t be done, and actually nothing (?) not available already, perhaps with the help of some non-free binaries. maemo has already free (beer/speech) and non-free (beer/speech) navigation products (maemo Mapper and Navicore), so why couldn’t they.
They are probably aware of the GNOME Mobile initiative. It would be interesting to know their opinions.
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Tags: GNOME, GNU/Linux, maemo, mobile, navigation system, open source, tv, video