Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Jan 2006 18:51 UTC
Apple "An Intel-based iBook has been widely trailed to be unveiled next week. If you're anticipating speeds and feeds ahead of next week's keynote, we'll have to disappoint you. But sources close to Apple suggest that the many in the rumor mill have failed to illuminate the bigger picture - a strategy to makeover the iBook as a cut-price bait to lure switchers, with price points much lower than Apple has ever risked for a portable machine. In many ways, the strategy is risky, but with rival PC notebook laptop prices in freefall - Dell today offers a $499 [EUR 410] notebook - Apple may not have any choice but to embrace it."
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avoiding the Microsoft tax
by ozonehole on Sat 7th Jan 2006 23:50 UTC
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One nice thing about this machine would be that it's a way to buy a laptop without having to pay the "Microsoft tax". I've lost count of the number of times I've been forced buy Windows even though I don't use it (I prefer Linux). Of course, in the past I could have bought a Mac and run the PPC version of Linux on it, but the number of PPC distros is limited.

Now, I am assuming that any standard i386 Linux distro will run on these new Intel-based Macs - does anyone happen to know if this is the case? I'd be pretty disappointed if it wasn't.

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