My Compaq laptop has been having problems charging its battery lately. I need a laptop when I do my side consulting work. So ... I picked up an Apple G4 iBook today at Microcenter, where they were running some good deals.
The iBook that followed me home has these features:
- 12.1" screen
- 256 megs of RAM, upgradeable to 1.25 GB
- 1.2GHz G4 CPU
- 30 GB HDD
- DVD-ROM/CD-R drive
- Airport Extreme 802.11g wireless NIC
- 10/100 Ethernet
- 56k modem
- Mac OS 10.2.3 Panther
So far, I've installed several familiar apps: Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org 1.1.3, Gimp, and X11 (upon which OO.o and the Gimp rely). The Mac came with AppleWorks and a 30 day demo of MS Office for Mac which I'll probably delete, plus the various Apple iThings like iTunes, iPhoto, etc.
Since the Compaq is still useful as long as there's an AC outlet handy, it will be re-purposed as Judith's "upstairs PC." I just need to clean some stuff off it first. And Bagend will remain used as my desktop but I'm thinking of also making it my mail and file server. It has plenty of horsepower for the server job and can be kept secure, since it's running SuSE Linux.