For the first few projects I was using a VIA EPIA MII10000 motherboard with an embedded 1.0GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. This worked well with lightweight versions of Linux and even Ubuntu, but it did not offer the power I wanted for future projects.
Read it here
Overall, this part of the Mini-ITX project was more of a corollary to the last installment than a sequel, but it transitioned the system from an experiment with Vista to a great system for daily use. Given my demands it performs extremely well and has provided me with a computer that is powerful, compact, stylish, and silent. It's not for everyone and it is an expensive project, but the Core 2 Duo Mini-ITX box is one of the cooler systems I have put together lately.