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debian on a mac?

So, lately, I've been drooling over the latest 15" powerbooks.  I have
never owned or even really used a Mac, but when looking at laptop
choices, powerbooks look to be the best.  I even had a dream about it
last night ... except in the dream, salesmen kept giving me the wrong
model, and I'd get home, open it up, realize it was the wrong one, and
have to repeat the process.  Hopefully the actual purchase will be less
painful ...

So, question for people who have used this architecture before: If I buy
a system from Apple, how hard would it be to reconfigure it for
dual-boot?  Single-boot debian?  What is the Mac way to resize/move
partitions?  What does one use for a boot-loader?  I know that OS X is
based on BSD, but I don't know how easy it is to get, say, xfree86 or
gnome compiled and running on it.

How much functionality should I expect from debian on a mac compared to
my x86 setup?  Are packages as readily available?

What are the gotchas?

Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated.
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