I was in the mach3 group a while ago and someone mentioned EMC2 (Enhanced Machine Control) as an alternative to windows based CNC control software. I think the post was an attenmpt to probe Art's willingness to look at a alternative OS to windows. especially in light of the upcomming release of their newest monstrosity, VISTA, in 24 short months.
Also, linux has the reputation for being faster and more stablethan windows, and has considerable fewer viri written aganst it since there are fewer people who hate linus torvald than bill gates.
So my question, (and I realize this in in the wrong thread, but it's the only thread that makes sence to ask it in), has any one tried EMC2 http://www.linuxcnc.org/ for running the CNC router or mill, and if so, how does it compare to Mach3?