I'm not experienced with Linux atm but I understand it runs a lot faster than bloated old XP ever does. As I'm trying to be more and more green I would have thought Linux would be the way to go and use something like a 1GHz machine as a central brain as it were.

I'm currently running it on a Jetway J7F5M Fanless 1.2GHz C7 VGA+DVI Motherboard and regularly see the CPU spike to 100% when running something stupidly simple as playing music (and yes I have the up-to-date drivers). I've a feeling the remote commands being delayed have been due to this. I'm just reinstalling XP to see if I can sort out the performance hits.