I've ordered one of the GCT, but I'm fighting with the F#$& salesman to get ethernet instead of HPNA on it. Anyways, I thought I'd ask all the experts on their opinions about my situation...
I wish to use the GCT as a controller for WinAmp on a W2k box connected to the house stereo. IIS/PHP will receive XML requests over HTTP, parse XML/commands, submit to WinAmp through windows messaging & ActiveX, get any response, respond back with XML. This isn't a problem so far, but I'm trying to decide what to put on the client side - the GCT.
I was hoping to have the client be browser based (Mozilla/IE5.5), so that I could run it on other boxes in the house as well (my programming experience isn't so hot in anything other then web technologies as well... So it'd take me more effort then I want to right now in building a custom app...). But the concern I have is I'd like to have the client be as thin as possible - all I want or need on it is a browser with XML, HTML, and JS. I'd prefer to be able to us the CF on GCT in the interest of power costs (I live in CA), noise, cost (a laptop power supply isn't much, but it still costs money...). I've read that people have been successful in getting windoze on larger CF, but I question the lifespan of a CF that's being written to alot. I'd prefer some kind of embedded OS that would run out of memory (WinCE, QNX, possibly a flavor of linux...)
So what would you über hackers out there do?
WinCE w/ custom app? QNX w/ custom app?? Midori w/ Mozilla???