On 9/5/06, Perry Hutchison <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > FreeBSD and Linux will not meet your teenagers needs, If you really
> > want to introduce your kid to UNIX then buy a Mac... trust me on
> > this... I interact with many high school and college kids on a daily
> > basis. Any used Mac capable of running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and
> > NeoOffice2 will suit your childs needs perfectly:
> >
> > PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor.
> > Built-in FireWire.
> > 384 MB of memory.
> > 5 GB of disk space.

It is less a matter of "want to introduce to Unix" than "want to
avoid Windoze" :) and yes, a Mac with OS X would be fine.  (My
college sophomore is doing just fine with a one-year-old iBook.)

> Just keep in mind when you look for used Mac's that the Tiger OS
> normally on DVD ...
> If you can find an older copy of Panther OS it gives you lot more
> lattitude in what older Macs will work - it also does not require
> FireWire, so even the original iMacs will run it.

Is Panther an earlier MacOS X (thus still marginally on-topic
here :) or it MacOS 9?  I have actually got an old PowerMAC
(603-based) which AFAIK won't run anything newer than 9.

Yes Panther is OS X:
Mac OS X v10.0 (Cheetah)
Mac OS X v10.1 (Puma)
Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar)
Mac OS X v10.3 (Panther)
Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger)
Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard) (Yet to be released)

NeoOffice2 (NeoOffice is OpenOffice 2.x with a native mac front-end)
requires Panther or better. Personally I would not buy anything less
then Sawtooth G4 PowerMac. You should be able to buy a fully equipped
sawtooth model on eBay for less then $250. The best bang for your buck
would be a new refurbished Intel Mac mini for $519. This unit should
take your child all the way through high school and then some, you can
find it on Apple's refurb page here:


A used G4 Mac mini in the $300~$400 range would also be good bed
because all mini's have USB 2.0, it's very easy to expand them using
external drives.


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