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    Which Operating system to use

    Ok so I got everything installed in my car and im starting to rethink what I was going to do software wise. Ive been seeing a lot on this MeeGo OS for the car along with the other linux versions. And just wandering what peoples thought on which OS to go with and the pros and cons of each. Im wanting something that has the basic functions now (audio/video/gps/internet/radio/etc) and something that can be updraded later to include more advance features. The system Im using came with Win7 but I dont mind a little work to get things right

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    WinXP, while dated, has the best support and most will provide the most functionality.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    try a bunch, pick the one you like best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    WinXP, while dated, has the best support and most will provide the most functionality.
    I have read win7 handles audio so much better and that is the most important feature to me. I am really not strong on the software side of this hobby so I rely alot on what I read here.

    Can you tell me what I would be giving up if I go to Win7 that would likely be useful because I have been starting to think about upgrading to W7 over the holidays. I really don't want to pay to "upgrade" to something that causes me more disappointments than improvements. Boot times are also, like everyone else, a high priority to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    WinXP, while dated, has the best support and most will provide the most functionality.
    Based on what?? I can't think of a single feature XP has that win7 doesn't....but I can think of at least 50 that win7 has and XP doesn't.

    win7 has vastly superior audio and video support to XP....so if you want quality and performance don't even consider XP (and its 16bit audio).

    On the Linux side...MeeGo IVI (the in car edition) is barely an alpha....you would be better off with Ubuntu or LinuxICE if you want to go with windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilG View Post
    I have read win7 handles audio so much better and that is the most important feature to me. I am really not strong on the software side of this hobby so I rely alot on what I read here.

    Can you tell me what I would be giving up if I go to Win7 that would likely be useful because I have been starting to think about upgrading to W7 over the holidays. I really don't want to pay to "upgrade" to something that causes me more disappointments than improvements. Boot times are also, like everyone else, a high priority to me.
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    Getting windows to boot fast is a bit more difficult compared to the many linux distros that already boot fast out of the box. Windows 7 while better than vista probably still boots slower than XP. But you can always hibernate/hybrid-sleep if you really can't live without windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tripzero View Post
    Getting windows to boot fast is a bit more difficult compared to the many linux distros that already boot fast out of the box.
    In dozens of tests Ubuntu usually boots as fast or slower then win7. Only specially optimized distros have been shown to boot faster... and those distros are still slower then win7 embedded (which is a special windows distro in a sense). Whichever route you go....boot speed is pretty proportional to the amount of work your willing to put in to reduce it.

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    Windows 7 while better than vista probably still boots slower than XP.
    Only on single core processors.....with multi-core processors win7 usually boots faster then XP because its designed to take advantage of them (along with modern instruction sets).

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    But you can always hibernate/hybrid-sleep if you really can't live without windows.
    Usually this is the best bet no matter which OS you choose (even linux).

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    In dozens of tests Ubuntu usually boots as fast or slower then win7. Only specially optimized distros have been shown to boot faster... and those distros are still slower then win7 embedded (which is a special windows distro in a sense). Whichever route you go....boot speed is pretty proportional to the amount of work your willing to put in to reduce it.
    hmm... [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbXMZWTHY6c[/media]

    I think we already proved LinuxICE boots the fastest :P.

    Only on single core processors.....with multi-core processors win7 usually boots faster then XP because its designed to take advantage of them (along with modern instruction sets).

    Usually this is the best bet no matter which OS you choose (even linux).
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    i agree that most things will work out of the box on XP especially for RR & CF for older devices like GPS and their associated apps. But when using SSD, Quad Core and 64Bit address with 4G Ram, you want to get the most out of these new hardware devices, so W7 , Ubuntu is the best option as an OS choice.

    This Q has been asked a few times, but as this is a hobby / project, the Q should really be how much tinkering you want to do?

    If you can get a stripped down version of W7 without the bloatware your 90% done, find all your device drivers and you have a winner. If i can do this with Linux, bonus and use that, but this is still about how much you want to do under the hood.


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    If OpenMobile still being improved and skins appear more beautiful, for sure will change to ubuntu + OM ...

    Centrafuse is a good application, but unfortunately stopped in time .. windows 7 is a great program, just need bigger and bigger for performance optimizations as customizations are possible in XP

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