> I'm looking for vendor / model recommendations to buy a Linux PC for > under $500 not including monitor. MacMini! You can install Linux on it if you want, but it comes with a perfectly good *nix OS already. I happily run just about all the software I'd run on Linux on OSX, albeit generally requiring a configure/make/make install dance rather than an RPM/deb pre-built binary. But even there, Fink is pretty great for installing a lot of Free Software (in short: it's a derivative of apt-get). Yours, David... -- Keeping medicines from the bloodstreams of the sick; food from the bellies of the hungry; books from the hands of the uneducated; technology from the underdeveloped; and putting advocates of freedom in prisons. Intellectual property is to the 21st century what the slave trade was to the 16th.