we have both mac and pc

we recommend finding a friend, acquaintance, or someone locally that is either giving away or selling something at a reasonable price

we routinely see netbooks and laptops for $75.00 to $150.00 cash that would work well as *nix boxes

desktops and parts to build your own *nix frankenbox are free/cheap/found-in-the-dumpster-daily

don't blow your dough!