If you like tinkering with hardware and are a bit of a Linux enthusiast, you'll be interested to see that Intel is trying to get back in the game. They just announced and released their new "Minnowboard Max" board that has an integrated 1.46GHz Atom E3815 processor. This won't compete directly with the half-priced Raspberry Pi, but it will perhaps give Intel a player in the micro-PC hacking crowd. This little system will support Linux and Android and is available today.
The board’s schematics are also available for download and the Intel graphics chipset has open-source drivers so hackers can have their way with the board. While it doesn’t compete directly with the Raspberry Pi – the Pi is more an educational tool and already has a robust ecosystem – it is a way for DIYers to mess around in x86 architected systems as well as save a bit of cash. The system uses break-out boards called Lures to expand functionality.