Ok guys - please allow me to put the nail in this friggin coffin.
I have a linux install (from scratch) that boots in about 3 seconds. It doesn't have a POST because it's an embedded board. With our app, our DashPC boots in about 7 seconds _flat_.
You can't do that with Windows, without paying out the arse for "wince" licensing and per-unit costs, distribution restrictions (i.e. you can't distribute _your_ windows CE product in certain geographical regions without additional fees, etc).
You can't make windows ME/XP/LongWaitHorn/whatever boot faster. Period. You can make it's "services" start quicker or not start at all, but you can't get around the time it takes for the Windows kernel to load. Period.
You can't run NaviVoice in Linux. We do, however, have SphinxCMU, IBM XVoice etc. No loss there (sorry o33o3lo or whatever). We also have Festival for text-to-speech and Festvoxlite.
You can't script Windows (yet). While it's likely that Longhorn may have this functionality someday in the future (2006?), it doesn't have it yet.
The only reason MSFT is adding scripting support to Windows is because of the popularity of Linux/FreeBSD/MacOS.
There's a reason everyone is moving to Linux. I challenge anyone on here to find me a statistically relevant sample of people that are moving from Linux to Windows. By statistically releveant, I mean people that have given "equal time" to both OS'es. I don't count the average ****head that dumps Linux after his first install because it was too difficult. I'm only counting people that know both OS'es inside and out. You'll be very hard pressed to find people that prefer Windows to Linux. There's a reason for that.
As for the carputer thing, I dare say that there is NOT A SINGLE application/functionality that Linux doesn't have that Windows users do have. In fact, I think there are many things that Linux users have that Windows users just can't - by definition/design of Windows' architecture.
This post isn't meant as flamebait, I just want to end this silly "Linux Sucks Because I'm Afraid of It" ideology.
Either try Linux with enthusiasm or don't try it at all. It's what keeps Linux elite - it survival of the fittest; not the whiningly.