I'd be happy to provide a completely unscientific, subjective review...
If the 2004 Shelton was any indication, I wouldn't hold my breath for the 2008 Shelton unless you live in Asia or South America.
Let's hope AMD also gets on the bandwagon.
I hear you, and I'm an AMD fan, but a 500 MHz Geode just ain't going to do it for me.
I think we might want to be more optimistic about Intel & Diamondville/Shelton. True, the primary audience for these low-cost mini-ITX mobos is Asia, Africa, and industrial. However, the cited Register article also says:
Intel will next year launch a low-cost desktop PC platform, it has been claimed. The news comes days after Asus said it's developing a desktop version of its Eee PC ultra-compact laptop for a 2008 release.
As you may know, the Asus Eee has been quite a hit. Great reviews.
Intel has been working on various ways (Mac Mini clone, Classmate PC, Asus Eee, etc.) to introduce low-cost, Intel mobile based computing into the mainstream. Looks like they finally succeeded. Part of the key (sorry, derekva...) was Linux being a lighter OS, more suited for these lightweight systems. Asus is planning a follow-on to the current Eee models when the new CPUs/chipsets are available.
Another indicator pointing to a marketplace for these sorts of machines is the Everex/Wal-Mart US$199 computer based on a 1.5 MHz Via C7D and the gOS variant of Ubuntu Linux. Sold out. The mobo from these systems is said to be a hot seller at ClubIT for $US60.
I've had a Google news alert on AMD DTX since the project was announced. Personally, I prefer the DTX form factor to mini-ITX because the boards fit uATX boxes. A 35W AMD DTX would be fine for me. Trouble is, AMD seems to be targetting these exclusively
to the Middle East and Africa.
I think Intel has proven that there is a market for these sorts of systems in North America and Europe. Everex/Via has too. I hope AMD wakes up and competes.