Has anyone considered the eeePCs as alternative? These machines run linux out of the box, and have no problem running compiz. So I imagine full UI2 support would be possible. Lots of users disable the fans on these and have no overheating issues inside of a plastic case. Heat would be even less of an issue if you were to fabricate a metal case.
I have a lot of experience modding these units (seen here: http://www.mrkowasaki.com/cpgallery/thumbnails.php?album=9
). The motherboard can be easily removed from the base units and placed into a custom case with great ease. Their is a massive community for modding and upgrading these units (http://www.eeeuser.com
) as well as tons of existing documentation on the hardware and howtos on getting compiz and aiglx working.
The big advantages:
- Small form factor, will fit in cases less than 1" tall.
- Full support for all hardware in Linux (ships with Linux as an OS)
- MASSIVE community with tons of howto's on upgrades both for software and hardware
- Fanless operation possible
- Built-in SSD hard drive
- Video output support up beyond 1080p (not sure on widescreen support?)
- Fanless power supply, runs off of normal DC rectifier
- Built-in bluetooth
- Built-in 802.11n
- Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor (on 1000H models)
- Widely available and cheap at $350-$550 depending on store and model
- Processor is slow on all models except 1000H
- Only VGA output
- No SPDIF output
The lack of a DVI out, and SPDIF out are quite problematic in the media setting. Lots of TVs don't have VGA inputs so obviously this isn't the magic bullet everyone is looking for. But it might do the trick for some other people.