The last time I used an Apple Mac box regularly was in 1989 when I had a Mac II in my office.
I’ve been a Linux and Microsoft Windows based geek since then.
However, my interest in the Mac was piqued when a friend who worked for Apple at the time dropped by and showed me the Aqua interface shortly before its release.
At the O’Reilly Open Source 2002 Convention, I noticed all the iBooks and Powerbooks around me and decided I really wanted to play with a Mac.
But, I just couldn’t justify the $1,500+ entry fee for something that wasn’t a part of my core work in the office or the home.
Still, the iLife components
GarageBand) and Xcode
looked really interesting.
If the rumor of a $499 Apple iHome desktop is true,
I suspect I’m not the only Linux/Windows geek who will decide that this new entry fee level is, as Goldilocks said, just right.
Now, I’m not planning on dumping my Fedora, Debian, and Windows XP boxes anytime soon.
The Mac OS X iHome box will have to make peace with the other platforms.
But, I’m looking forward to being able to play with the iLife components and maybe dust off my MIDI keyboards to play with GarageBand.
I’ve got a desk space, spare external DVD+-RW with Firewire drive, and Mac books all picked out.
Now, to wait and see if this thing is really announced on Tuesday (Jan. 11) and learn when it will actually be available to mere mortals like me.
Calling other Linux and Windows geeks. Are you ready to test the Mac OS X waters too?