Should I buy this iBook G4?

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    Should I buy this iBook G4?

    I've been looking for an additional computer, so I can use my current laptop as an always-on desktop for streaming media and eventually some really basic recording. A coworker of mine is selling his iBook G4 (bone stock, I think it's the first gen 12") and said he would give me a really great price.

    I've only ever owned PCs, so I don't know much about various Mac models, including this one. I'd mainly be using this for casual web browsing, word processing, maybe listening to music or watching a movie, nothing heavy or resource-intensive. Plus, I'd like to get more comfortable with the Mac OS for my own education. Would this computer be worth buying, and if so how much should I pay? Any red flags to look for, or things I should plan on upgrading?

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    I'd pass, unless its <$0.73
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    Dude that shit's like 10 years old.

    They go for $50-100 on eBay and Amazon from the looks of it. I'd just get an old Mac Mini if that's what you want. There are refurbished older units on eBay for <$200.

    EDIT: If you really want to go mobile, at least get a "MacBook"
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    ^ I think that's like double his budget if I'm not mistaken. But I think even for basic applications, you may be right - price floor for a reliable computer that will kick around for a few years is probably ~$400, especially running OSX.

    Do not buy an iBook.

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    Really good price should be free.

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    Do NOT buy anything with a PowerPC chip in it.

    They're no longer supported in the newer versions of OS X, and PowerPC apps are getting increasingly scarce.

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    Unless you have a reason to run legacy powerpc applications or are just getting it to collect I would get something else.

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