With their Ultra 20 Workstation, Sun has built exactly what I look for and until now have never found in a new computer. It’s powered by a 64-bit AMD Opteron processor, starts at less than $1000, and is certified to run Solaris, Linux, and Windows (the latter I don’t care about, but I’d take it as a perk). It also comes with a 3-year warrantee.
The compatability alone is a big deal. I hate dealing with setting up machines, and the fact that the Ultra 20 has been certified on 3 operating systems probably means less setup pain. I highly doubt Dell cares if their sub-$1000 boxes run Linux (not to mention Solaris) well.
If you’re looking for a new computer to run any OS, you should probably check out the Ultra 20 Workstation. Looks like it has convenient out-of-the-box speed and compatability for a great price.
Yes I sound like a Sun marketing droid, but I don’t mind sounding like that if they really have built something cool.