"Several years ago, I started a database-driven car MP3
player project called route66. It was featured in MaximumPC
magazine and earlier this year as the cover story in Maximum Linux
Magazine, as it uses Linux and other open-source packages. The
basic design philosophy was to leverage the power of a database to
make a system that learns my musical tastes and plays songs I am
likely to want to hear so I can keep my eyes on the road while
The project ramped up quickly, and I began to abstract the
concept for use in home systems as well as cars. Soon it seemed
that embedded systems were really the right way to go, and I
settled on the GCT-Allwell 1030N set-top box as an ideal platform
for a home version of route66, because it could be made with no
moving parts (hence, no noise).
What follows is my initial experiences getting Linux up and
running on the GTC-Allwell set-top box."