ok, thinking of running colinux on a machine that I occasionally just kick the power button to turn it off (literally, it sits on the floor next to my tv) and I was wondering how colinux would behave in this circumstance, would it power the linux install off gracefully before it dies?
also, is there a way to get colinux as "low" priority by default? the box also does software mpeg-2 encoding as the box in question is my PVR box. (must run windows due to the capture card I use, if I could, i'd run linux on that in a heartbeat)
yes it is doable. Edit the file /etc/inittab and change the mode for key CTRL-ALT-DEL on shutdown from '-r' (reboot) into '-h'.
Windows sends this 'keys' to coLinux before it kills.
Check all your shutdown scripts (the scripts with 'K99...' in your /etc/rc5.d) and remove delays from there. Perhaps it is an good idea to create an private runlevel and load/unload only nessesery things to make the shutdown faster.
Priority low should go with 'nice'. Or change the task priority of colinux-daemon with the windows command, read "start.exe /?", I see BELOWNORMAL or LOW.