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Yes, they work with linux. Ive got a maxtor external HD and it works fine. Of course the software that comes with them is for windows. Depending on your distro, you just need to enable hotplugging or something like that.
Just about any of the "mainstream" Linux distros will automatically mount a USB drive. If the computer has USB 2, then I doubt if there is any benefit from getting a USB-3 drive but---as already stated--it should work fine.
With the file manager open, hook up the external drive and turn it on---in a few seconds, it should appear in the file manager.