This is my good old Mac Quadra 700. My last Mac standing, from the time I was a university student. It brings back a lot of good old memories of the impressing colorful acetates I could draw with it and project on a plain overhead projector after printing them with an HP Color Inkjet.
Then followed the impact with reality: Windows 3.11, OS/2 Warp, Windows NT and their descendants is all I met in the corporate world. But eventually they caught up to the Mac’s functionality.
Nevertheless, the Quadra 700 kept having a place in my life. In his last incarnation, it was running Debian as a test web server. It even ran MySQL and PHP – all of this on a 33MHz (I doped it’s clock) Motorola 68040. But as desktops became more powerful, the test web server ran locally.
Now that Mini-ITX, a relatively new standard for small motherboards, starts hitting the mainstream, new life may be instilled into this good old case again. It’s completely tool-less with the exception of a single screw in the middle and even that one is optional. It’s in my opinion one of the most elegant computer cases and it still looks good after all of these years.
It is getting an upgrade. It will even get the Intel Inside sticker. it will no longer have to envy the other gray boxes laying all around it. Will it still be considered an “Apple branded computer”?
My first tests with Kubuntu 8.04.1 show that KDE 4 has made giant strides. The graphic design is not yet as slick as Gnome or OS X, but it has improved – the irritating default animation effects have been replaced with more sensible ones. And KDE gives the user a lot more advanced options than Gnome. Linus Torvalds is right. I follow his advice, despite many things I did not like about KDE so far.