I’m looking for a cheap laptop (can be relatively poor specs) that can be used as a tinkering/side-dev machine. I have a macbook pro from an old job that I use as my main workhorse, but I want to get better at administrating a BSD system without having to directly SSH into my VPS. I’d like to be able to keep it handy so I can pick it up to poke around when I get a little bit of time at home, but I also don’t want to rely on a constant internet connection.
Ideally, I’m thinking something between 11-14”, as close to a regular keyboard as possible (that is, no crazy media keys or whatever), and under USD$300 (new or used, I don’t care). Specs aside from that aren’t a big deal to me, as long as it’s not crawling to do basic tasks.
On my VPS, I use FreeBSD, but I’m woefully ignorant of other flavors and I’d like to correct that. Any suggestions are welcome!