He's going to be using linux so thats not the question anyway...I agree with the wait for the iBook being too long maybe you should think about picking up a second hand iBook off ebay maybe one of the first rev G4's they are nice machines and you can keep it until the intel macs come out....Thats what i would do in your position...gog said:
That's not bad. Is there an .edu discount on the refurbished units as well as the new or just on the new?53399 said:Actually, that's what I've been thinking, looking at the following in Apple's clearance section:
iBook G4 1GHz/ 256MB/ 30GB/ Combo/ E/ 56K/ 12-inch TFT - Apple Certified Refurbished - Your price: $799.00
53399 said:...Granted, I love OS X, but I could get a long with Unbuntu Linux...
...If Apple hasn't updated their iBook by next paycheck, I'm sorry to say, I'll be switching back...
Thats very true....All the people waiting avidly for the new iBook will be overwhelmed with happiness the day it is released making getting one all the sweeter...Lacero said:DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE!
I am reminded of the story of a gold digger who digged for years hoping to strike the motherlode gold vein that would lead him to untold riches. One day, he decided he had had enough, quit and sold his little mining operation. Little did he know that within a few days, the new owner struck gold which would become the largest gold find in history. True story.
Exactly! I know I will be sooooooo overwhelmed with happiness that day when new iBooks are released. *Hopefully* it will be next week.shadowmoses said:Thats very true....All the people waiting avidly for the new iBook will be overwhelmed with happiness the day it is released making getting one all the sweeter...
I've posted on this two times previously, but that was the rational before the last iBook update. The update was:ATRAX said:I think you're all going to be very disappointed if there are any updates to the iBook because I feel they won't get any faster of a CPU. If they did they would start to compete with the 1.67 Powerbooks which are already at 10 times their system bus. Anything above 1.67 would be a joke.
If anything they'll upgrade the RAM to 512MB and *possibly* upgrade the GPU with more vram.
I have a PowerMac G5 and two windows boxes (desktop and Thinkpad). Windows XP pro w/ protection is really a super reliable, stable OS.gog said:
It's probably not about what you can't do, it's more a psychological thing. Who wants to spend a lot of money on a piece of hardware that's pretty outdated and seems to be abandoned by the manufacturer?Solafaa said:Why cant you buy the iBook now, why wait. What is it that you need to do that is not in the iBook?
ozone said:Yes, I have to agree in general with this thread. I'm personally waiting to see what their upgraded PowerBooks look like and what they can do. Heck, even a good iBook might fit my needs. But, the attraction of running Windows based programs natively (Mactel) rather than through emulation is a big draw: in my research field there are just some programs that I need to use that are not available on the Mac. Everything else (90% of my work/life) would run fine on the Mac.
I almost hate to say it, but I find that Windows XP to be a lot better these days since I upped my spyware and virus protections and switched to FireFox. Sure, it's not as great as Mac OS X, but it does the job pretty well. In fact, I found XP on my old ThinkPad to be very good, almost rivalling my wife's Titanium Book in terms of no-downtime.
It's a shame that Apple can't be a bit more timely or forthcoming with their updates, and then to take forever with shipping is just ridiculous. It's tough enough for regular consumers to be always in the dark, and it's even worse for us that need it for work/research/education: we just can't wait around for a big event or holiday sale.