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What can I do with an old iMac?

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In my Dad's office, there is an iMac from mid-2009. I want to connect it to the internet and Amazon Photos so that I can digitize all the photos from the Mac. Once they're all in Amazon Photos, there's no real purpose for the Mac any more.


I was going to consider erasing the entire thing and running Ubuntu/Linux Mint on it, but I could also just run them from a virtual machine and leave the Mac as it is. I know that old Macs can handle Linux without breaking a sweat, but is it something I should really do?


Or should I do something else?

8 hours ago, aisle9 said:

A turd with an HDMI cable jammed into it is more powerful than a MacBook Air, and up until this year it had a better display, too.

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It can be used for basic web browsing,a small game server,and more.

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2 minutes ago, PhreshBrread said:

Could use it as a folding@home machine

that mac doesn't have great cooling good luck doing that 24/7 without issues.

so its a core 2 duo right?

can you find a model number like this MB419LL/A?

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4 minutes ago, PhreshBrread said:

tape a desk fan to the side

For that money, OP should just sell it on eBay rather than having a highly mediocre F@H machine that uses more power than most modern day GPUs.

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Wonder if current Xcode can run on it? Could be used to install Retroarch on i devices. 

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Mac has native support for almost all mainstream systems: macOS / Windows / Linux / iOS and Android (If you have available devices). It's a great computer for learning. I don't know if recent Android and iOS SDK can run on a 2009 iMac though.

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Well, it is a really old one so I wouldn't necessarily recommend running F@H on it, every task it gets - if it even receives one - will take ages to complete. Early 2009 models are compatible with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), Late 2009 are compatible with OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), so not with current versions. The best option for you is to sell it if you have no immediate practical use for it. Macs are known to have stable value and even these ancient things bring about ~130-230€ on eBay Germany.

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