Sorry, but I still don't like the idea of buying the latest and greatest because normally the support isn't there out of the box.
For LMCE you are better off using "proven" equipment.
As an example, you don't need the latest Nvidia graphics card when an older card at a quarter of the price works perfectly.
The problem with the MOBO and Fedora 9 is my fault.
I let the shiny "silent" cooling tubes and all the buzz words impair my better judgement.
Again, I apologize if I offended anyone.
You have not offended anyone.
And what you state it completely true for a newbie and a person that does not know much about lmce/linux.
Totallymaxed already said that he will test this mb and see if it work. I´m pretty tempted to buy one myself just to test.
We need to expand the supported hardware category and this is the only way. Try new stuff.
There is probably things that won´t work out of the box
I have several IBM M51 machines with 945 chipset that work out of the box.
And others with the same chipset that does not. At least not with UI2.
The problem is that the intel graphics driver shipped with ubuntu 7.10 contains a couple of bugs.
One of them affect the systems ability to use hardware overlay which UI2 need. Luckily it does not affect all 945 based graphic cards but some.
I have no clue at the moment how to distinguish between which ones work or not. One solution is to compile the latest driver available from Intel.
Intel have pretty decent drivers for the linux community with source and all. If the driver contrary to many others can offload video precessing to graphic card I believe the atom cpu will be more than enough.