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Are you ordering from Dell? If so, I would get a 670n loaded with RHEL. Not sure if the hardware in the 670 and 670n are different. But at the very least, you'll have linux compatible hardware with a 670n, even if you nuke RHEL and install Suse...
No, not from Dell, from ebay.
You can pick up a nice, off-lease unit for about a grand. Example: Dual 2.8Ghz, 1GB of RAM, SCSI disk(s), etc. These were very expensive machines recently. While not the latest and greatest, I think they are best bang for your buck, and a nice box compared to my dual P-II. (Which is still half-decent BTW)
If you're getting it from ebay, you might email the seller and see if you can find out what hardware is in the box. Then you can find out if it'll be supported in linux. Or see he'd be willing to pop a knoppix CD in it and at least figure out if all the hardware is recognized...
I was under the impression that Dell Precision was one model certified to run Linux, or at least RedHat. That, plus the fact I like its top-end configuration, makes it appealing. You can pick up an off-lease model for a nice price, 60% of what a similar new box will run.
Well, I know the 670n is linux compatible, but I'm not sure about the 670. They've taken to adding an "n" to the linux machines. Not sure if that's just because the OS is different of if they're putting in slightly different hardware.