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    What OS are people using to run their car PC?

    Hello all,

    I have been reading through the forums and am a little confused why so many people are running XP when windows 98 much less resource intensive
    can someone give me a good reason to run xp over 98?

    Thanks,
    -Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by erains
    Hello all,

    I have been reading through the forums and am a little confused why so many people are running XP when windows 98 much less resource intensive
    can someone give me a good reason to run xp over 98?

    Thanks,
    -Eric
    XP boots more quickly and doesn't, ummm, suck as bad? Also XP has better power handling and shutdown functionality. Probably another reason (one I plan to encorporate) is the possibility of upgrading your XP installation to XP embedded (although I haven't really gotten that far with my setup).

    Another thing about XP, a lot of people say it's a resource hog... and it is, right out of the box, but you can speed it up a lot by disabling unecessary garbage in the services section.

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    running linux here (distribution is Linux From Scratch, so as to shave as much weight as possible, compare to XP embedded), with self-written software.
    It's very solid, doesn't require worrying about turning the power off, as it uses a journalized file system.
    My software does music playing (currently plays random tracks from the entire directory, this is to change at a later date, suits me )
    the GPS functions are currently very basic, as I am currently working on making my own maps, instead of relying on commercial offerings.
    One of the ideas governing my project is that with enough people running this software, the entire community will be able to share map updates much faster than what the commercial companies have to offer. one of the goals is to be able to synchronize map data over the internet through wifi connections.

    http://sxpert.esitcom.org/projects/navsys

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    there are tons of apps with extras built for win98, but win98 starts really slooowww.... winxp is bloated.... win2000 is the most stable, but i want less power hungry so i settle for a cutdown version called winME the best of both worlds.
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    I wouldn't call windows ME the best of any world, no offense, nor assume ties to 2k.

    I went with XP because it has: better power management, remote desktop, support for more current software and devices (read: USB2 and firewire (yes, i know SE support fir), networking options, and robustness. There's a lot of flakeyness in windows 98 dealing with peripherals... Not responding well to things being plugged and unplugged, resolution changes, network changes, etc. XP seems much more solid to me in this regard (not to say there aren't other things 'more solid').
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    I was a solid 98se user until I tried XP. will never go back again. Xp has issues like all o/s', but it is very easy to use, and very plug and play which is the most important for me. Plus when you start stripping it down, it boots faster and works more smoothly than 98. I was toying with using 98 under mediacar, because you never really see much of the o/s, but gave up after reading what others were doing. Glad I stuck with XP.
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    I am actually running windows xp right now, but I just got my hands on a few OS's I'm going to try for the CarPC only, the first is Lindows.... I've installed it and seen that its alright.... the problem is I don't know if I'll find even 1 driver for this.... but we'll see its worth the install to see how it runs. (if anybody has already done this let me know how it went!)

    The second is Mandrake 9.2 w/ the KDE interface.... again I'm just experimenting at this point w/ different OS's, but I have had great luck w/ windows XP.
    New CarPC on the way again I think. I miss my old one!!!

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    Thanks guys ok well folks have made allot of good points I guess for now I'll got the xp pro route while disabling as much of the uneeded stuff as possible

    -Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by danon
    there are tons of apps with extras built for win98, but win98 starts really slooowww.... winxp is bloated.... win2000 is the most stable, but i want less power hungry so i settle for a cutdown version called winME the best of both worlds.

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    I've been using win2k from the start because that is what I had. However I have recently been moving all of my personal computers to Linux because it doesn't cost a dime to stay up with the latest (nor do you have to pay for fixes to bugs). I've been toying around with moving my system to Linux also but I'm a little wary about the GPS issue. I haven't seen any half decent GPS software that doesn't require a lot of tweaking or finding map files.

    I might make it my summer project when things in Linux settle down a little with the new kernel and all.

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