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    What is the best OS to use for a carpc?

    Hi,

    I read the helpful newbie guide that was stickied above about building your own carputer, but there was no mention about which is the best OS to use. I also tried using the search feature, but wasn't able to find much with the terms "Best OS". I heard mention of Windows Vista being a good one to use due to its ability to go from standby to hibernation, but doesn't Windows XP do the same?

    I'm not as familiar with Linux, although I am going to learn it in the future. It's just that I'm not prepare to use that yet at the moment.

    So what is the best one to use? Which one would be compatiable with the listed front ends in the FAQ?

    Thanks for any help.

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    There is no 'best' OS. It depends on what you want to do and how you want to do it.

    However, if you are looking for recommendations, go with XP. It is compatible with the most front ends.
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    XP ftw.

    Vista = bloated for the car, bad audio mapping feature, incompatible with lots of little CarPC programs

    What you are talking about is Vista's "hybrid" mode. It basically stores an image on the disk like hibernate, but also keeps it in RAM like standby. If it keeps power it just comes out of standby. If it loses power then it comes back from hubernation. Simple, but it takes more resources, takes longer to shutdown, and doesnt work all the time. And to top it off, you need to be using Vista, which means any times you gain from it are negated since an equal system with XP will boot faster than the Vista one...
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    Why not 2000 Pro?

    Seems some things arbitrarily claim XP and above, haven't figured out why? Don't know what it is I can't do?
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    2000 and XP are basically the same but XP looks more "shiny".

    The reason though is that many programs will not install and many drivers wont work on 2000 anymore. Alot of installers (including ones for my programs) all check for windows version 5 or above.

    Also I dont think I could live without remote desktop and I am not sure if 2000 has that or not... Its been a while! Also XP is still "supported" while 2000 isnt.
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    Also just looked up some stats to refresh my memory, and XP is faster than 2000 in both raw speed and application access time. Assuming you arent on a 200Mhx MMX or something. Also built in firewall which works ok, and built in CD burner.
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    Thanks to everyone for the replies.

    So it appears that XP has the most support right now and fastest between it and 2000. I guess that means XP is the one I'll go with. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
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    Also I dont think I could live without remote desktop...
    VNC works!?

    Anyway, nothing I've built is newer than 5 years last install! Current up time is a nice stable 1036:49:10 on a dual 1.4 1gig, built 2001. Old.

    Oh well...
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    If you have access to OEM and Volume Licenses for XP, the best operating system in my opinion is Windows FLP (Fundamentals for Legacy PCs). Windows FLP is essentially a stripped down version of XP based on XP Embedded. It will work with all XP SP2 apps and is much faster than XP.

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    Googling now.. Thanks.
    I didn't start this thread, but this is a big question for me. I'm 5+ years retired from computer work. So I have to catch up. For those who have stayed current they may recognize the noise and misinformation that permeates many boards on the net with 'facts' that are only as old as XP. We have never seen a jump like we did with NT to W2K. I forgave MS for that one. The jump to XP has been pure BS market manipulation and fortunately that formula has broken down for the jump to Vista. Frankly, although the capabilities of the OS have matured, there really isn't anything new. I had dual monitors under DOS/NT with 16:10 SG monitors, 4 channel sound, etc. I'd made bootable CD's from the command line, worked on massive I/O controllers for CNC, pump stations, embroidery machines, etc often on passive backplane ISA machines. My point, don't confuse the diffusion of propriety technology into mainstream as 'NEW' capabilities.
    Back to 'Practical' reality I just figured it out last night doing phase 2 of my testing the Visteon HD Zoom. The stated XP requirement has nothing to do with hardware. Com port and XP - non seqitor. The requirement stems from the tools the author used to 'write' the software. Bummer.
    More on that note I have seen this issue pop up on other threads on this board but only now do I recognize the division. Yes, something like Delphi is vastly superior to .NET, VB, etc. BILL specific programming might be easier, but....To put it in old terms, MS has successfully disguised the 'vertical' .NET as a 'horizontal' solution due to the massive user base...sad.
    Well, read up on FLP, looks like I would pay for it if I can find it. I think I'll have to to join the masses. Thanks poedgirl, nice page you have, nice style.
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