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    a big war.. i use linux.. not saying it's best.. that's just what i use. from power up to song, it takes about 25 seconds to boot.. i could trim that down, but i'm lazy.. what can i say.

    i love my linux system, i had a lot of problems with win95 locking up, and i could never tell what it was doing.. while i have the same problem of not being able to see the output with linux, it always boots up correctly..

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    anyone got any links to learning linux im not to into it i prefer windows but am alwasy open to learn to new stuff. But before i would use it in my truck i would want to master or at least get a good concept of it.
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    Mac OS!! Yeah, yeah - I know - I have no friends in here... But as for startup time, my system averages 5 SECONDS 'till music resumes playing wherever it left off (waking from sleep). So, you can flame Mac all you want now...

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    Macs are nice and they have their place. I think the issue for a lot of people is that Mac hardware is NOT cheap.. that and the whole mac/pc war
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    i think anything can resume from sleep that fast.. but from a hard reboot to music, what's that time.

    i do like the install, it just looks **very** expensive.
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    The best operating system for mp3cars

    the best i dont know? what this means to me is what ever os your comfortable with using use that.

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    mac os is neat if i could run it on my athlon proceesor i would use it in my truck probly i dont like the price of mac parts thou lol but there nice to use real freindly i think.
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Dartman111:
    Other than boot time, what can linux do that windows can't?</font>
    It can be whatever you want it to be. You can rip out all of the pieces of the operating system that you don't need and get down to an extremely stable, compact, and robust system that isn't a desktop OS in a vehicle, it's a vehicle OS. Also, with the new 2.4.1 kernel and ReiserFS, you don't even have to worry about mounting disks read-only as you have a full journaling FS.

    Of course I recognize the caveats of it. It can take months of linux use to get to the point where you feel comfortable hacking it up to be what you want it to be. Obviously, you can't put Red Hat 7 and OMMS on it and expect it to be ready to chuck in your car. Also, the plugin support is not quite as good, although it is better than you may think.

    I suppose it comes down to a question of time and quality. Are you willing to settle for good (which win98, 95 or DOS certainly can be, esp. with 98lite) or do you want the best quality, robust system.

    I personally went with 98 and stripped it down as best I could, but I recognize that I could probably get better performance and features from Linux.

    I would be interested in getting some of the guys from the board here who are linux fans/gurus and modifying one of the embedded or small linux distros to make our own mp3car distro. Kinda like they did with Jailbait for the I-Opener. Of course they had a uniform hardware platform to deal with.

    Anyway...I'm done with my rant now.

    have a nice day cruisin' to your mp3s

    PS. Did I mention Linux is free?

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    There you have a very nice challenge... MP3 Linux distro... 3 flavors: vanilla (just MP3), Banana split (MP3, DVD, GPS) and the whole enchilada (all of the above plus... windows emulation )...

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    I plan on making a vanilla linux distro for my car player. I just haven't gotten all of the parts for it together yet.

    At work I built a router with linux running as a router/masq/firewall with OpenSSH in a 8meg DOC. I really think I can do this for a mp3 car player.

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