MSN is not the problem... I'm pretty sure I can get it running once I get Xwindows up. If not I have a Win98 PC I can use to serve the net and I'm pretty sure Wine/WineX can be used to run one of the ISP's. Already knew about the linmodem website... but thanks for the PNP OS off info... try it when I get home. Debian and SUSE look like the winners. Already tried Redhat back in 5.2... And as far as running them on the same PC at the same time "YES YOU CAN!" It's called CYGWIN. Just dump the CYGWIN window on to one screen and use the other window for XP. Sure it's won't do everything that linux will... but if you're really really dumb and can't bear to leave XP then it'll work. Otherwise... get it anyway because you may be forced to use windows sometime.
I was actually planning a dual boot. Some things I need to know. Are Pthreads in the standard kernel (assumed yes... no need to reply if they are). Also as far as compilation goes... I have had no experience. Never even used make on windows.
Oh and linux does not rock ass... it does kick it... but not rock it. From my experience Windows just keeps getting worse and worse. Win98 still works better than XP on any machine I've seen... with the exception of one dell. Personally... I'm too fast for windows. I can make even the most stable windows PC crash in a few of surfing the net.
I'm going to try to get the Sun speech recognition up and running on the lousy PC/terminal I'm using to my good PC. So basically I need an AMD K6-2 400 to do speech recognition, transmit mouse and keyboard data and recieve screen data. <Where I need help. As well as running a java VM for speech recognition. (Going to try to compile into and call from terminal... May be a while before I try it.)
OS - SUSE or Debian (But would really like Redhat RPM compatibility and ViaVoice compatibility).
Filesystem - Debating between Ext3 and ReiserFS. Metadata journaling on both. Can I have both on the same system. Maybe an Ext3 partition for critical data with metadata and data journaling and a ReiserFS partition for speed.
Addin's... or attempts at - ViaVoice RPM from IBM website.
Wine Version - Standard Wine until I learn more about it then I will compile OpenGL into WineX.
Monitor/Keyboard - Attached to a differrent PC.
Alternate plan - Write a VT370(Or was that 352?) emulator. Full color (even if it's lousy.)
Window Manager - Gnome... with option to start as diferrent user with KDE.
Videogame Controller - PSX on LPT, possibly powerglove or P5 Glove if linux drivers get written... then I'll buy it.
CD-RW - On lousy machine.
DVD-Rom - On best machine.
What I need help with is accessing the machine from my room... or setting it up for that. The VNC website was down at last check.
AMD athlon XP, NVidia GeForce4 with TV out and 128MB of ram. And (Coming soon) Linux.