iBook THIS THREAD .. [new low cost Apple iMac box]

Serge -Intraforum- serge at intraforum.net
Wed Jan 5 11:09:55 GMT 2005


=A3260 iMac at Expo, reports claim
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple is set to unveil a
low-price iMac =AD with some industry watchers speculating such a model will
emerge at next weeks' Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Guess this might be of interest (I believe "Apple hardware + Mac OS X" is
much better for the task than anything else, from simplicity + stability +
rich functionality perspectives anyway).



On 05/01/2005 3:12 am, "Frank Shute" <frank at esperance-linux.co.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 04, 2005 at 02:53:11PM -0000, Jon Mercer wrote:
> <snip>
>> We're really just agreeing on most of this stuff. I'm just saying I want
>> an all singing all dancing no admin workstation for my parents to use
>> without hassling me. You're more realistically saying that's not what it
>> is.
> That's what I want too...desperately. What's more to the point is that
> there are 1000's upon 1000's of people who want a no admin workstation
> but there seems to be no such thing on the market.
> ATM, I've got pesky neighbours/family/friends galore asking for
> assistance and I'm sure I'm not alone on this list. I've tried the
> "I'm a *nix man and I don't really know my way around Windows".
> Well that's perfectly true but I still feel like I'm leaving them in
> the lurch and more importantly *they* feel like I'm leaving them in
> the lurch!
> The thing is I really don't mind helping them out. If you can't take
> time to help your friends out then your life isn't worth living IMO.
> Also help people out and one day they'll help you out, right?
> I want to be able to offer them a computing platform that means:
> 1. Minimum amount of my time helping out
> 2. Minimum outlay to them. ie. use existing hardware
> 3. Minimum outlay to me :)
> I think Apple hardware/software, irrespective of it's merits (and I'm
> sure there are some;), rules itself out on the basis of 2 and Windows
> with 1 (and 3).
> Dual boot FreeBSD boxes remotely managed via ssh, using portupgrade, a
> pile of scripts and cron jobs running a basic suite of software. Not
> an original plan by any means but I think it's the only realistic way
> for me to help out my friends short of getting to know Microsoft's
> knowledge base inside out (I'd rather nail my tongue to the ceiling).
> Anyway, I think I'll give it a go. I've got any number of willing
> victi^H^H^Hguinea pigs and they're getting a bit desperate.
> I want to work out the time and costs and see if it's the possible
> basis of a business. It would be interesting to see how little time
> could be spent on admin, after all FreeBSD has got a pretty good
> toolset for automating lots of things. I suppose economies of scale
> would come into it.
> The unknown factor is how many people would take to a Unix machine,
> would they care at all? I haven't the foggiest idea really, any
> observations greatly appreciated.

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