Well, I searched around here some and didn't see much as far as building for Atoms goes. I just got the following kit:
• Intel D945GCLF
◦ Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz)
◦ Intel GMA 950 Graphics
• 1 GB Kingston DDR2-667
• IOCELL 8GB Flash Drive
I'm trying to do this pretty much as cheaply as possible, since I'm of a limited budget at the moment. I'd like to use a USB Flash Drive for the OS, since an HDD looks massive next to this motherboard. I'm having trouble getting Linux to boot from this USB Key, though, so I may try a different brand; I think the CDFS partition may be messing up the boot order.
I'd like to, at some point, build this system into a cigar box or something similar, but at the moment, I'm kind of limited by the size of the PSU I'm using -- it's an old 300W. I'd like a picoPSU at some point, but $45 is a bit of a budget stretcher; I'd rather not spend any more than I have already.
So, I guess, the following are my questions:
• What OS should I run? I'm considering Linux Mint 6.
• What should I build it into?
Also, if anyone here has experience with USB keys, is there anyway to get them to boot with the CDFS partition? If not, how can I get rid of it? Formatting doesn't work.
Any comments are welcome, really; I'm not sure what direction this project is taking yet.