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I'm thinking about a low-end, away-from-home, maybe at the stable, machine. You know, check in on JavaRanch, compile a little Java code, check email, nothing too taxing.

I think some of the new linux "netbooks" are kind of fun looking (Acer, Asus, HP, and so on), but I'm also thinking of getting a refurbished 12" iBook (maybe 512-640 mg, 800mhz). In general, I'm trying to stick around $400-$500.

So, the iBook is old, and heavier - but it's also 10.4, Java is already loaded, etc. A new "netbook" is, well, NEW, but I'd have to brush up on Linux, load Java, etc.

Any thoughts?
 
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I wouldn't consider "loading Java" being an issue. I think I'd be more concerned about that old machine keeping up with 10.4 (I assume you meant Tiger?) and how that (lack of) performance balances the learning curve of Linux.
 
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I haven't had lack of performance issues with my G4 iBook. My main concern would be the inability to upgrade Java to 1.6 if that's something you'll need.
 
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Hey Bear,

Can you clarify both of those ideas?

1 - double negatives... you do have performance issues?
2 - What's the scoop with 1.6?

Thanks!
 
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Sorry for the unclarity!

1) For even somewhat large projects, performance has been fine.

2) JDK 1.6 can only be installed on Intel 64-bit processor systems.
 
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