I'm currently running a bunch of services, managed at a data centre, that I'd like to consolidate in-house on a new machine (that isn't my current 300 MHz, 5 GB, 180 MB RAM 'server').
I was looking into Dell (specifically, the Dimension 3000) since their machines are proven, at least to me, to be relatively reliable, and cost-effective.
The main function this machine will serve is a primary desktop computer (with KDE and X11) and also serve a few low traffic web sites (TLDs) and a very limited amount of outgoing email (no incoming).
I can easily
get away with sticking KDE/X11 on this machine and using it for most desktop work because the slowest part of the user exierience server-wise will be my DSL, not my hardware; add to that the 2.4 GHz processor and a load of RAM and I'll be more than fine.
Of secondary (or, really, primary) concern is desktop usability. Do Dells come with all sorts of WindowsXP-only hardare (like, oh, a sound card like those I've never gotten to work on any old x86 machine, or those famous WinModems of the late DOS era that wouldn't work under DOS) ? I have a fair bit of experience so I'm not shy about adding things like kernel modules, I just don't want to spend my life getting everything to work.
I'm planning on installing Slackware 10.1 by the way.
Any and all input appreciated !