Apple system of some kind ever since Mac OS X was released. Since I run FreeBSD on my Thinkpad a20p laptop, I don't need another desktop or laptop system. I've also vowed to never buy another tower form factor PC again. It's either small form factor, laptops, or rackmounts from here on. That left buying an Apple Xserve, which was more horsepower than I could justify buying.
Today, Apple released the Mac mini, pictured at right and in Steve Jobs' hands above. This looks like a great little box. Take a look at the back side below. Although it only has one built-in Ethernet port, those two USB 2.0 ports say "additional NICs" to me, assuming I can get a USB-based NIC to work with OS X.
I don't plan to use this Mac as a desktop. Rather, I'll deploy it on my wire shelving in my lab and access it remotely. I'm wondering if I can boot this baby without a monitor attached. This MacFixIt tip suggests connecting an Apple display adapter to fool the Mac into booting without a display attached. It looks like Fink provides VNC packages, so I can access the whole Mac OS X desktop remotely.
If I buy a Mac mini, I'll report how I use it. Maybe once I finish this new book?