Ok guys (and girls), I have an old laptop (Toshiba Portégé R100, Centrino 1.4ghz, 40gig ssd, 765mb of ram) serving as a front end to a decidedly entry level speaker (Dragonfly 1.0 -> LP-2020A+ -> Dayton B652).
The laptop is currently running Foobar2k under Windows XP and streaming from a UPnP servicer. The setup works well, but there is some slight studdering at high bit depth/rate files even when running a RAM Disk, but that's something I can live with. This setup is nice because I have access to most of my libary without having to duplicate files and UPnP allows me to control the laptop remotely.
But we all know XP is going the way of the Dodo.
I don't do much browsing on the laptop anyhow but was wondering if anyone has any experiance and/or suggestions for a dedicated music OS that will allow me to:
1) Lighweight, resource conserving for a lower powered laptop
2) Stream from a UPnP server.
3) Remote render via UPnp
4) Compatable with a wide range of Dacs (specifically a Dragonfly 1.0 with the option to upgrade later on)?
....or should I just keep XP?