Originally Posted by 4miler
I just wanted an OSX tiny netbook with keyboard.
Got a possible answer for you. Provided you don't have a need to run iTunes, use OS X based software and just want a safe and secure netbook to surf, email and do some personal office software type stuff.
(not a troll here at all)
1: A Dell Mini 10 with Ubuntu Linux installed by Dell all the drivers are included, about $350 or so.
A simple installation of a "theme" in this case either XP or OS X (optional)http://ubuntu.online02.com/node/14http://sourceforge.net/projects/mac4lin/
The OS X theme is a bit harder to install, the XP theme is effortless and only takes seconds. Naturally the underlining OS is Linux so it won't run Mac or Windows based software.
OpenOffice is pretty decent, it's a free download and Firefox should be included with the Ubuntu Linux install. The add-on's work too as well as the OS X theme applied to Firefox.
There is plenty of free software and even a iTunes like music software, however I don't know if it can access a iPod or not like iTunes can, it certainly can use the iPod as a disk mode. I haven't used it yet.
Despite these small drawbacks, for a $300-$350 little netbook to securely surf, email, write some notes or do some spreadsheets, it's not a bad deal. If you have a bad ass Mac at home to run the heavy duty stuff, multiple OS's etc. The Ubuntu netbook is less expensive than a iPad and comes with a real keyboard and tons of free software with the ability to download them directly from within Ubuntu. 99% of the use of the OS is GUI based, so unless your tweaking things under the hood you shouldn't need to hit the command line.
Files can be easily transferred from Windows to OS X to Linux provided they are saved in universal file formats on USB thumb drives. OpenOffice is available for free on the three major OS's so that makes it a cinch.
A bonus is Linux doesn't get viruses because it's a file permissions based OS just like Unix under OS X. So no need for anti-malware and no need to buy most software, so there is nothing better out there as far as value for price over the long term.
I intend to try a iPad for a few hours and if it doesn't work for me to get a Linux netbook to complement my $4000 MacBook Pro as a more portable/disposable device. If the MacBook Pro dies, to get a desktop, either a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro and use the Linux or iPad as a portable device.
I've tried the touch screen HP desktop, it totally sucks. Not because it's a touchscreen over Windows cursor based UI, but because I have to move my arm constantly to do anything, tapping several times to get things to work. Talk about lost productivity!
Something I've noticed on the HP touch screen, as you bring your finger close to to the surface before touching, a small cursor appears on the screen where your finger is and follows it around. Strange if it's a feature or a glitch.
My opinion is that touch screens are coming out as a means to reduce the costs incurred with a real laptop and increase margins. Just think how easy it is for a iPad to be completely assembled and tested without touching human hands at all. No moving parts neither to fail.