Thanks to all who have posted here; very informative. I've tried Linux before (Mint 10, which was pretty friendly to this newb, and Ubuntu before that. I abandoned Linux, because I couldn't find a way to get bit perfect playback. This thread has rekindled my interest in trying Linux again.
With Mint 10, I used it on a partition of my main drive and dual booted with Windows. Worked pretty well, except when I removed the Mint partition I had to rebuild the MBR for Windows. This time I'd like to just put my toe in the water and install Linux on a thumb drive and access my music library on either my internal drive or an external USB drive. Has anyone here tried this? If not, any thoughts on whether this will work?
Thanks in advance for your advice.