I'm looking for a relatively low-cost (less then $350) solution to making very long stereo recordings. A continuous 24 hours would not be unusual. I opened a thread on Budget Gear on the subject, but realized that I should restrict it to stand-alone solutions. And fully explore computer-based solutions here. Everyone I've known who has used a Windows-based machine for recording for any length of time has had trouble. I gave up on Windows 98 in 1999, and bought a Pioneer CD recorder. Windows has a seemingly endless ability to find ways to wreck recordings by "getting distracted" by other work while buffers overflow. As recently as a year ago, a professional musician friend told me how he'd just lost a recording with professional software that he had previously claimed controlled Windows XP, forcing it into Real-Time Processing mode (presumably he meant running in Real-Time Priority), and wouldn't let it get interrupted. He tracked the problem down to Avast doing an update and anti-malware scan. And was going to try running without Avast. I haven't heard from him since. Despite what has been said in other threads, Vista can be run with no Internet connection, after initial setup, which does require an Internet connection. My father-in-law's machine has been running for nearly a year without once talking to the Internet. But he isn't doing real-time recording. The question is: is unplugging a Windows machine enough to allow clean recordings? I'm not sure I can or want to afford a Mac. But, how about Linux? Can it properly handle real-time work like recording audio? Dell is selling dual-core Vostro machines, without monitor, for about $275 Canadian, which is well within my price range. It comes with Vista Home Basic (which I would not recommend for anyone; I pay $30 and upgrade to Home Premium), but I could install a free version of Linux. I could just share my existing computer's monitor by using the unused VGA connection (I am using DVI now). To recap from my other thread: my need for 24+ hours of continuous audio is for Unscoped Airchecks, a complete real-time recording of radio station, in this case, a complete day, used for both historical preservation and as kind of a time machine for listening enjoyment in the future. Personally, I have never known anything that made me feel as much like I did as a 9 year old as a 1962 recording of the radio station (Top 40/Rock CFUN Vancouver) I listened to ALL THE TIME back then. I'm very interested in your experiences with recording on computers.