Pre-intel Mac Mini???

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by HereComeTheBugs, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. HereComeTheBugs macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2004
    I currently have a pre-intel Mac Mini and am looking to upgrade to an 09 Mini...

    My question is: What can I do with my old Mac Mini? I was thinking about trying to make it into a Linux SAN but I'm not sure what versions of Linux would run on it (if any) since it's not an Intel Mac.

    Are there any legitimate geeky/fun uses for this old thing or is it destined to be a door stop?

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. Takahashi macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    Henderson, NV
    For me I use my old Mac Mini G4 as a simple media server hooked up to my 42" computer monitor. It doesn't even have a keyboard hooked up to it most of the time.

    You can also find the linux kernel your looking for here at:
    It is a group of guys working on the port and configuring it right, take a look at it, they have some pretty useful information. I do also know that there.

    You can also just install the latest Ubuntu distro 9.04 and run the just use its kernel. Here is the PowerPC instructions on that:
  4. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    A web server is a great use for outdated equipment. If you aren't into websites, a few external drives make it an instant NAS. If you need the money, you could likely sell it for at least some money (but not much).
  6. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    Have you checked out pulptunes ?

    It is a small little webserver app that lets you play your itunes from anywhere.

    I just set it up today, had alittle trouble under Safari 4 but not under Firefox.

    Check it out, pulptunes in google, it's freeware / opensource

    pretty cool to go to a party and log into your own itunes library

    you can make playlists and itunes DJ
    check out their demo on their website

    I am not affiliated with them, but really dig their free app
  7. JeepGuy macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2008
    I would sell it on ebay, they seem to be going for $200 to $300, and you can use that to offset the purchase of the new one, or buy upgrades for the new one.

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