Yes, in my experience and testing, PulseAudio sounds a lot more full and crisp than the same exact FLAC on windows. There is a lot of forum posts that support this idea. Windows mixer (kmixer) is a pile of junk. Talk to RedGTiVR6 about sound quality. I use windows and linux all the time. The warm-fuzzy left 3 or 4 years ago a little while after I first started using ubuntu. The only way to get this quality back out of windows is using ideas/solutions like ASIO drivers/programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Stream_Input/Output This is at least true for XP. Kmixer resamples EVERYTHING to 48khz, and does a horrible job at it. Vista and newer have a new mixer that apparently doesn't suffer from this. I don't want to run vista or newer in the car. I'd rather have a headless linux box in the trunk.
Yes, 384mb ram in my experience has been the best exchange of speed vs ram size. Slimmed XP with RR, this has been perfect for me for a long time. I even turn off swap and have no issues. iGuidance, RR, web browsing, remote desktop, etc. No problems so far.
I don't know that we were actually saying CPU speed affects resume times. This was more about installed ram sizes.
What does OM use for the media engine? I was under the impression it uses WMP under windows since it only supports media types that WMP supports.
We weren't talking about close sourcing GPL code, more like going commercial with closed source addons and support.
And yes, thanks for the props. I pride myself on knowing exactly what hardware I've got or used in the past.