The first FE was a Shuttle XG41 with Intel GMA X4500 graphics, so I thought I'd be fine choosing something similar from Shuttle since the first is now obsolete and unavailable.
I bought a Shuttle XS35V3 and got it PXE booting to Minimyth in no time at all. However, X will not start. Subsequently, I have learned that this graphics subsystem (GMA 3650) was not well supported in Linux. I get the impression that drivers have become available, but most of my Googling on the topic leads to people using Ubuntu and/or compiling their own kernel to make it work. But in a rapidly changing environment, Google is not always my friend (contrary to populist wisdom) because it's often outdated information. I've spent hours trying to figure out if I should return this computer (losing some $$) or hang on and make it work.
I know that I am not up to date because I have not upgraded my BE and switched to Minimyth 0.26. But I tried 0.26.0-82 and it still didn't work--I got the same results. I'm not sure what else to try.
The error reported by X via dmesg is:
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[drm:i915_init] *ERROR* drm/i915 can't work without intel_agp module!
P.S. I cannot begin to tell you how sweet Minimyth is for this application. I really wanted to deploy a diskless front end without USB sticks or flash boot devices. Since I have IPCop as my firewall, PXE was a breeze; and MM made the MythTV part much easier than I could have hoped. I'm enjoying my first MM FE and look forward to adding this second one to the network. Thanks for all your work on this project!