I needed a cheap laptop, and just hated to pay the M$ tax. Besides, nothing I saw looked very solid. So I went to the Apple store, figuring I'd buy what they had and put Linux or *BSD on it. I left with the lowest-spec iBook they had. It would be fine for email, probably it would run X11 okay, so I expected to just get rid of the Mac OS and put on Linux. However, I'd never tried OS X.. The last time I had anything to do with a Mac it was with the ex-wife's PowerBook running OS 8 (I think), and I could not abide it. I tinkered with OS X - and found that -this- Mac OS, I could use. There was a CLI and a real file hierarchy. However, I could not figure out -how to install a program- in the GUI. I was launching programs from the disk images and leaving the images on the desktop. One of the Mac gurus at work helped after he stopped laughing. The iBook did everything I wanted, and then I tried plugging my camera into it. When it not only launched iPhoto but correctly identified the camera and offered to unload it, I was astonished. And pleased. The more stuff I tried, the more stuff worked. The OS has never hung, panicked or given me a moment's trouble. All the *BSD programs I'm used to, build fine and work right. Most of the Mac freeware I've tried worked right, too. So - now I am hooked. KDE looks clunky and feels worse in comparison, even when it has the benefit of a real keyboard and multiple-button mouse. My only regret is that I bought the cheap-seats iBook. I'm having real trouble not going right out and getting a G5, since even when I'm home the computer I use the most is the iBook. I have never been so delighted with a computer. -R.