LINUX!!! One big draw back to DOS is you don't get multi-tasking ability. That means you cant look thru your list of MP3s while a song is playing. BLEH! I've had mine up and running now for about 8 months. The most used feature is cueing up music while some is already playing!
I realize that you hafta deal with nice shutdowns, but its really not that big of a deal. I'm working on a slick power control circut for linux that will take care of power management for you...
Who says you cant cue up the next song to play under DOS. DOS may not be a true multitasking environment but take a look at mpxplay. You can browse thru playlists and directories while a song is going....
Don't get me wrong, Linux is a great idea... but not very visual. This would be a specific program just for people who want the nice color screens but don't want/have to run windows. The look and feel without all the overhead!
I didn't realize that mpxplay allowed you to do that. Do you have a link to their page? I had trouble finding their site...
Also take a look at mpxf.mp3car.com it is a front end for mpxplay that is pretty sweet. Fully browseable song database and all. I'm gonna be running it as soon as he gets support for serial LCD's...until then I'm using <a href="http://www.98lite.net">98lite</a> and it loads decently fast...about 45 sec. The interface stinks for the LCD output though...