Mac OS X Leopard is Now Available! My question is, does anybody care?
I'm very happy with Ubuntu Gutsy. It is free, stable, can be customized with beautiful themes, has tons of quality easy-to-install applications, and most importantly -- I'm more productive than when I was using Windows XP. Since it is free, I decided to create a free advertisement to promote Ubuntu Gutsy. I guess you could call it an open source ad :)
After successfully installing Ubuntu Gutsy on my Latitude D830, I decided to try installing it on the Macbook. Yet again, easy install and everything is working right out of the box. Even the non-standard sound and screen brightness buttons can be used. I have yet to find anything that is not working besides the ability to right-click without an external mouse. All Mac laptops need some sort of hack to compensate for the hobbled one-button touchpad. I'm sure there is an applet for this but didn't bother searching. So, it looks like Ubuntu Gutsy is 100% hardware compatible with the first generation Macbooks.
I was feeling a bit shafted after finding out that Apple built a time-activated self-destruct into Bootcamp beta that disables the program. You can still boot into Windows but if you ever need to re-install, you are out of luck. Furthermore, with the release of OS X Leopard, anyone using Bootcamp beta is no longer licensed to run it without purchasing the OS X Leopard upgrade. This was the last straw. My Macbook may look pretty, but it is one of the least productive laptops I've ever owned. Among other complaints, only having one mouse button, no Delete key, no Page Up / Page Down keys, and no right CTRL key etc. just doesn't cut it. Not being able to run Bootcamp anymore sealed its fate. I'd rather donate $129 to Ubuntu than succumb to Apple's business tactics. I'm selling my Macbook.
As a side-note, it is funny and ironic that while I was recording the clips for the video at a small local coffee shop I was surrounded by Mac laptops. First, a girl walked in and sat at the table in front of me with her Powerbook. A little bit later, a guy with an older Powerbook sat down at the table behind me. While continuing to work on the video, I overheard from behind me another fellow ask, "So, is this the year you're going to get your Macbook?" He must've been friends with the guy behind me and was probably impressed with how cool my Macbook desktop looked with all of the effects running. If only he knew it was running Ubuntu! ;)