Originally Posted by asciifish
If I had a mac, I wouldn't want to run windows or linux on it. The big deal with an apple system is their operating system. Windows (Linux more so) would just turn it into an extra expensive PC with no real advantages. Most of the 'macs are easy' stuff, which is what you pay for, is from their operating system, not anything special with the hardware.
If she did go with the MacBook she's get things like magnetic latches, power cable and builtin webcam. I always hated laptops because of the latch prematurely opening in the bag or something - the magnetic latch is a godsend.
I spent around $1500, 100GB harddrive, 1GB RAM, 2Ghz DC, DVD burner