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My aren't you smug.
It was stated that the Mini does not have an equivalent in the PC world, and it does the Shuttle X100. While not the same price, it has equivalent features, and the hardware is probably identical aside from the softROM that Apple uses instead of a hard BIOS. It having to run OS X wasn't part of the statement; it was form factor versus form factor.
So it won't run OS X, big deal. To be accurate, it won't run Aqua; the core of OS X, Darwin, can be downloaded and ran on x86 hardware. I'd suggest to anyone that they just buy commodity hardware and run Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, or Darwin on it if they want a Unix since it would serve them better in the long run rather then using OS X. The only thing that was attractive about Apple hardware was the PowerPC architecture. Now that is gone, I don't have a reason to look at Apples anymore.
By the way, I'm posting this from my PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.4. There are some cool programs that run on OS X, so I'll probably keep it around for now. I'm less married to an OS then I am to either what it runs on or what I can do with it.