In the article http://www6.tomshardware.com/howto/20030131/index.html about 2 new Shuttle mini-PCs, they were said to be loud because of the fan in the heat-pipe. Can you replace the fan in the SN41G2 and thereby make the PC quiet? Also, does anyone kno how well suppored the onboard devices are in linux?
You COULD replace the fan, but you'd still end up with a system that's already outdated before you even build it. Think about it: 1 hard drive, 1 PCI slot...think about the limits of the thing. Now think about this: It has a larger footprint than a slim ATX case, so it takes up MORE deskspace. Now think about this: If you had planned on using one in a Home Theater, the case doesn't come close to matching the components you already have, so a Micro ATX desktop would not only increase expandability, but offer more apropriate asthetics in a home theater.
All in all this type of system is not even a "jack of all trades, master of none", more like a "jack of few trades". It has almost nothing going for it besides the "Kewl" factor, ie it is impracticle for nearly every use.
<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>