I want to treat myself to a new computer. Then I want to be able to install lots of different operating systems. What would people recommend? Does Xen install and play well on Ubuntu? Should I wait for VMWare to offer their GSX product for free? How easy-to-use is QEMU these days?
Also, what brand o’ computer should I go with? Before you suggest it, I’m not ready to switch to an Apple yet. Right now I’m thinking Dell or HP. Dell has those frickin’ huge 30″ screens. But note that they dropped the 15-pin D-sub input, plus the S-video input, the composite video input, and the component video input. Plus it doesn’t look like the 30″ will do the 90-degree swivel trick that other Dell monitors can? And everytime I spec out a machine on Dell’s website, I get bogged down in all the extras that they try to offer, and it seems like they’re a little more likely to use proprietary parts. That said, I still lean toward Dell a little bit. I sometimes end up cobbling together my own, but I’m not really in the mood for that this time.
I’d like the PC to be very quiet (watercooled?). I don’t play many/any games, but I’m a sucker for lots of screen real estate and plenty of hard drive storage. So, what would you recommend? Any PC hobbyists out there with insights?