I'm sure he could get a decent mac keyboard and mouse for $650.
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Is this linux or an alternate to linux?
It's a variation of Linux. 100% Linux.
iPad comes out Saturday starting at $499.
Have a look
Apple - iPad - See the web, email, and photos like never before.
I dunno. I know a buddy got started on an older desktop he was about to give his little brother. I might try on a netbook.