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    Win95, definitive answer...it gives you the flexibility of winamp with all its plugins without the overhead of win98 or me...

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by cenwesi:
    Windows all the way. Dos will limit you, it is that sime. Linux...well that is a different story.

    hey Scott_92RS: i agree with ur first statement, but the last three i don't. And who told u can't shutwindows down without having to worry about improper shutdown.

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    With Linux, you can rip stuff out of the OS that is not necessary to run an MP3 player, hence a faster boot time. I know you can use a shutdown circuit, otherwise you will just power-off the system. I've never really had a problem with it, but I dont do it a few times a day like you would if it were part of my stereo system. Maybe open source was the wrong word, how about "license-free".

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    Has anyone used Linux and a 16x2 character display? Like the Mike Lynch LCDisplayer plugin for Winamp?

    I wanna switch to Linux (having started to play with it) but I want drop it into my Win95 box, without mods, so I need it to be compatable with what I'm currently using?

    I've found IR support for the UIR, it's just the screen

    Any ideas?

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    I think linux is a good choice. As far a just shuting down a system, if you have the partitions mounted as read-only this is not a problem. Although there is the pesky problem of getting the mp3s on the system. (I am personally going to use a cd-rom to do this)

    Also a project that I am working on for work I have linux in an 8meg DOC.
    Here is a pointer to the distro that I started with:
    http://www.linux-embedded.com/
    go to the link about lem.

    As far as LCD displays take a look at:
    http://www.home.unix-ag.org/nils/lcd.html
    for info on interfaceing a programming.

    Linux will take some work to get to do what you want it to, but there are features that will make life easier. It also sounds like there are some people here that have take some time to customize windows to work like they want it to. Time wise the same, easy to do I can't coment.

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    BJ:
    I use lcdproc to drive my lcd.
    See: http://lcdproc.omnipotent.net/
    It supports matrix orbital and crystal fonts serial displays and Hitachi hd44780 based displays on the parallel port. I use a 24x2 HD44780 display. The system is driven with IRMP3: http://manhattan.dpotter.com/irmp3/

    If you mount your linux patitions read only by default at boot time then flipping the power switch is not a problem.
    If you need to upload new songs, just telnet in (or use the console) and remount the partiton.
    eg. mount -n -o remount,rw /dev/hda1
    and
    mount -n -o remount,ro /dev/hda1
    to remount as read only.

    Chris

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    I boot in about 20 seconds with a k6-2 500 mhz 128 MB ram, custom case yadda yadad, i'm usin win98lite, it uses the 95 shell but the faster aspects of 98. i'd go linux if i had the time but i'm just too lazy right now.

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    Player: Custom Plexi-glass case, k6-2 500 MHz Proccessor, 250W power supply 13.1 GB removeable HD, 4x20 INVERTED LCD, Voice Control Compliments of TrimodalVoice, IRman, Keypad buttons on LCD

    Car: 1983 Chevy El Camino Conquista, KICKIN CAR!
    Player: Custom Plexi-glass case, k6-2 500 MHz Proccessor, 250W power supply 13.1 GB removeable HD, 4x20 INVERTED LCD, Voice Control Compliments of TrimodalVoice, IRman, Keypad buttons on LCD

    Car: 1983 Chevy El Camino Conquista, KICKIN CAR!

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    WindowsME with hibernation.. 15 second boot up with autoresume of the song I was playing when shutting down.

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    Other than boot time, what can linux do that windows can't?
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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    Windows 98, if its configured properly, you can have have it boot in 10 seconds. ^_^

    A clean install of windows is best.
    First off, get TweakUI from Microsoft.com. Install it. In TweakUI under the Boot tab make sure that Show splash screen is unchecked. That will help speed up loading. Change run scandisk to Never.
    Now it is setup to startup faster and not have to worry about improper shutdowns. If you know how, set the shell of windows to your favorite MP3 player (mine is MPXPlay because of autoresume). This will decrease startup time by at least 10 seconds.

    I'm running an AMD 350mhz K6-2 by the way.

    --Ashlawn Kemling

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    Windows 95

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