So there must be something good about them.
.... newer Mac OS is not compatible with a lot of things. For example, a lady I know bought a new camcorder and it won't work with her iMac.
Machines installed with the new OS X can still be started in the older OS 9, and her camcorder should work in that mode. Maybe she doesn't know how to reboot on OS 9 -- I'll be glad to help.
I use Windows at work and it's a huge relief to come home and work on my Mac in the evening. For compatibility, I have MS Office Mac Edition, and it actually is more elegant on the Mac than on Windows. I don't understand what makes people mock the Mac ---- jealousy, perhaps?
Skihigh2002 ... you'll be very happy with the iBook. Go for it!