My first Apple computer! I've always wanted an Apple ever since the Apple I came out. However, they've always been too expensive. A local computer store was selling these old iMacs at dumping prices, so I figured "what the heck" and finally bought my first Apple. Since I'm a UNIX geek and MacOS X is UNIX based, I wanted to see what Apple's UNIX box looks like.

My first impression of the iMac and MacOS X is that it's a really "cute" computer. Pretty icons and desktop and pretty easy to use. However, as I start to dig into MacOS I'm finding problems. MacOS X and "Aqua" (the window manager) is NOT based on X11. This is the FIRST UNIX box that I have ever seen that didn't have X11. Also, there is no development environment: no compilers, no header files, nothing. The dev environment is a addon that you have to get from Apple (217M download or $20.00USD for the CD).

The iMac is a all-in-one computer. This is good and bad: it's very compact and easy to move around, but, you'll never add another disk drive to this machine. If any component burns out, it's going to be a REAL pain replacing it (the iMac is NOT made to be easily opened).
Here are the ports on the iMac. There are 2 Firewire ports, 2 USB ports (one is used for the keyboard/mouse), modem, audio in/out, and a 10/100baseT ethernet port. The sound system is not very good, so you'll probably want to get speakers for the iMac (which sort of defeats the purpose of a all-in-one computer).
In conclusion, it's good to see Apple joining the UNIX crowd. The iMac and MacOS X are nice, but they are not ready to play with the big boys like Solaris, Linux, or HP-UX and this HP 9000/G50 (well, the G50 isn't that great anymore, I just wanted to include a picture of it (I've been trying to bring it back to life)). MacOS X is sort of strange, with the experience that Steven Jobs and Apple have with UNIX (A/UX and NeXT) I expected more... I'm going to have to do alot of downloading and customization just to get MacOS X to the level of a fresh install of Solaris or Linux.

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