Right now I am dealing with using things such as web browsers via Windows Remote Desktop and UNIX's X-Windows and it occurs to me that Remote Desktop is much faster than X-Windows for this sort of remote stuff. I wonder if any speed comparisons for this sort of thing have been done.
I have been looking over the web sites which show what kind of hardware is compatible with Debian (or Linux in general, or free software even more generally). I'm looking not only at the standard motherboard and hard drives, but things such as scanners and so forth as well. I have never done any kernel hacking before, but I might do so on the machine I will buy. I am not looking to go cheap-o either, I want a kick-ass Debian desktop which I will use for my entree into kernel hacking as well as just being my general desktop. I have caught the Debian bug and will not install non-free Java and the like on it - if it's not free I won't use it. I've seen some of the larger Debian/Linux hardware compatibility sites and FAQs, if anyone has any comments about all of this I'd be happy to hear about it.