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    Smile Winamp as a shell?

    This might sound like a stupid question but I'm Not clear on why are some people putting winamp as a shell? or actually I'm not even clear on what is a shell, could someone please explain this to me, I might be interested in doing this to my car computer..thanx.

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    A shell is what separates the user from the raw operations of the OS. It's basically the user interface. When you boot into DOS, command.com is your shell and provides you with a command prompt, allows you to run programs, etc. In Windows, explorer.exe is your shell. It does about the same thing, only with pretty graphics. If you're only using your system to run Winamp, you can use Winamp as your shell, since it will provide, via various plugins, all the user interface you need. When Windows starts, Winamp will run instead of explorer.exe, saving you the time it would take for explorer.exe to launch and then run Winamp, and freeing up whatever resources explorer.exe would consume. Your system will boot a bit faster (I'm not sure how much, but I'm sure someone else will post it) and perform a little better.

    On this subject, has anyone used LiteStep on an mp3 car? It'd be kinda cool to have the whole wharf thing going on with a 6" LCD and Winamp.

    Then again, is LiteStep even still around?

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    thanx rOcket, I now have a better understading about shell

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    LiteStep is still alive and kicking... I'm typing from within it right now. Once I get a tft up and running in my car, it will be using litestep as well. In fact, I'll have a really kick *** theme for mp3cars in litestep probably before I get a screen. If I have time this week, I may work on that

    Oh, and time varies by machine... it save 5-10 seconds on my 300 machine.

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