I wanted to take a page from Millenia's playbook for a second and rave about open source software. I know this may be no big deal for most of you, but to me, a recent addition to the computer geek crowd (though profoundly geeky in many other ways), it's a revelation.
The facts, then:
Computer: 5 year old IBM T41 laptop, refurbished
Peripherals: IBM optical mouse with scroll wheel, roughly similar vintage
OS: Red Hat Fedora 10
Software (all open-source and free):
- Inkscape for vector graphics
- Wine for cross-browser testing
- Built-in Apache server for local (!) PHP script testing
Total outlay: ~$325
Web design capabilities with a little elbow grease invested to get everything set up (including fonts) and learn the programs: Priceless
What prompted this was getting Apache set up last night to test PHP locally. My wife didn't really understand my elation so I figured I'd share it with you who do.