Once the fun was over I came back to my apartment and set to some serious hacking with the new iBook. With my trusty copy of "Mac OS X for Unix Geeks" (nice book BTW), I managed to install the developer tools, Fink, and X windows. Not bad for one day.
Currently I am stuck on the X Windows keyboard configuration. X windows seems to assume that like any red-blooded meat-eating gun-toting freedom-loving American, I use the Qwerty keyboard arrangement. No! I spit on that keyboard arrangement! I happen to be a freedom-loving gun-fearing white-meat-eating barefoot club-juggling Dvorak-typing hippie, and proud of it! Mac OS X respects my unusual lifestyle choices, X Windows snubs them.
I remember fighting this battle in the Linux world, and winning through clever use of configuration files. But it was a tough fight, and I now keep my XF86Config-4 file carefully archived in case I ever have to fight it again.
The Fink version of XFree86 for the Mac, however, has no XF86Config file! How does it configure itself? I don't know.
My iBook came with OS 10.2.8. I'm thinking perhaps if I buy version 10.3, which supposedly has a nicely integrated version of X windows, it will respect my right of keyboard choice. That of course means spending money, and I have no guarantee it will work. Grr.