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    Why does it seem like everyone uses WinXP?

    Why not linux? Doesn't corrupt the OS when turned off quicker load time just to name a few.

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    most people dont want to deal with the hassle of getting linux up and running , picking which linux os to run, finding programs, having to compile programs etc. Its just easier to run what you most likely allready have, windows.

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    Not everyone does:
    http://www.dashpc.com/

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    Why? Simple. I normally run Linux. On a carpc, I would normally run ME (boots a lot quicker) but 1) my motherboard drivers for ME just suck big time 2) There are no really good GPS applications for Linux and Wine/Linux combo is not too great/stable for my use.

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    lol ME ... lol ... wtf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraph
    Why? Simple. I normally run Linux. On a carpc, I would normally run ME (boots a lot quicker) but 1) my motherboard drivers for ME just suck big time 2) There are no really good GPS applications for Linux and Wine/Linux combo is not too great/stable for my use.

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    There are many gps packages for linux, here are two that I will be trying out to decide if i want win2k or linux onboard.

    gpsilon - http://gpsmap.sourceforge.net

    gpsdrive - http://gpsdrive.kraftvoll.at

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000i30cg
    lol ME ... lol ... wtf

    Yepp Windows ME. The quickest Winblows to boot from the time you press the power button. My XP on my espresson gets to the usable screen in about 30-40 seconds. Post time is around 10 seconds. On WinME on the same system, I get to usable screen in about 20 seconds. 20 Second Boot is pretty good in my book until I decide to pay MS 1000 bucks for the XPe developer kit.
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    I want xp embedded too o.O

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphonsus
    Why not linux? Doesn't corrupt the OS when turned off quicker load time just to name a few.

    The main problem is that there are no vector based GPS programs that run on linux out there... Any maps must be downloaded in sections
    (as images) from maquest in very small areas at a time. And because they are just images, we can't do any navigation, just display a moving map.


    Now if there was a linux based GPS/Nav Program that uses the commercial Nav-Tech maps, or could somehow use the map database that comes with one of the commercial map programs out there (mappoint, delorme streets & atlas), then we would have something great to use!!

    Does this already exsist?

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    aultl:

    Neither of those listed support route planning.

    You should probably give a windows gps solution a shot before making your decision. I would recommend trying a friend CoPilot 2003 or live 7. If your primary reason for in car computing is gps nav, you'll settle for nothing less.

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