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    what OS to use?

    hey guys, what do you reccomend for in car PCs, linux or windows?

    I think XP can be used on 2 computers, and the copy I have is only on 1, so that should be free, and linux is like 10$.

    but whats better? Id like to use dragon naturally speaking, as well as winamp. but there are lots of programs it seems for cars that are programmed for linux.

    can programs be had for things running on XP? or would linux be the better program?

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    Re: what OS to use?

    Originally posted by ares

    I think XP can be used on 2 computers, and the copy I have is only on 1, so that should be free, and linux is like 10$.
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    well huh, interesting. so... since XP upgrade is around 100$, linux sounds nice.

    is it that much different than XP? and winamp and dragon ware will both work fine on linux right?

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    Winamp won't run under Linux. Winamp is designed to run under Windows (hence the name). There are other packages available for Linux that will play MP3s.


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    what about dragon naturally speaking? 99% sure thats windows only too, any good programs that will let me control my desktop by voice on a linux setup?

    I think Im gonna end up using XP, this is a bit more of a hassle than I planned. its nice that I can get simple custom programs for linux, but I cant get the big intricate ones...

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    Do you have a fast (permanent) internet connection?

    You could download linux for free, use xmms (a sort of winamp) or mpg123 (console application), lirc for infrared remote.

    I'm sure there is software for voice command stuff.

    But ehm, why voice command? The louder your music is the poorer your voice will be recognised....
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    well actually I have dragon ware already. lieing around never used, so that was part of the reason, plus I dont intend to have a mouse or keyboard, I hope to control just by voice and touch screen.

    I found a copy of xp... so ummm cost isnt a problem anymore. wink. then I guess Id be able to control everything i want. should all be good.

    I really thought linux~windows, programs could run on either or... I was mistaken obviously.

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    you wont want to use the dragon naturally speaking (unless you have a ~$5000 microphone). The reason I say is because the more road noise and louder the music, the more unlikely the computer will be able to understand what you are saying. I think you might do a little bit of searching before just jumping in. I would suggest looking at The Irman . Its an infrared receiver that connects to your computer. It costs about $35 and can use basically any remote you try to. While we're at it, this board doesnt really encourage the use of warez or the discussion of. It happens, no one here can stop it, but at the same time we dont like to talk about it.
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    oh sorry, haha whoops, no not ripping off microsoft. my dads company bought him an XP upgrade, he installed it and his computer in no uncertain terms said hell no. so he went back to what he had. Im just gonna install ME that I have, then upgrade using the format/clean install option of the upgrade.

    I have a touch screen so I was hopeful that that would basicly take car of all the interface needs I had, but I have dragon naturally speaking also lieing around the house, and figured, why not put it to good use. whatever good it happens to do is great, not really going out of my way to get it or paying extra for it. just useing what I already own. you dont think even then that its worth installing?

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