Back in 2005 I bought one of the original Mac minis - G4 1.25 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, with OS X Panther 10.3. Until yesterday I hadn’t used it for some considerable time and I was somewhat disappointed to say the least to discover (a) how slow it seemed compared with my (getting on for) three year old i5 650 3.20 GHz, 4GB RAM Windows 7 desktop, and (b) how impossible it was to update any software on it because I kept coming across “needs OS X 10.4 or later”.
To avoid having to resort to redeploying the white box as a doorstop I was therefore pondering whether it might be feasible to completely replace Panther with Linux. So, I thought I would seek advice on whether this would be a sensible move, ie would Linux run faster on the Mac mini’s meagre spec than Panther and, if so, what flavour of Linux would suit it best, bearing in mind it has only 256 MB RAM? Would I have more choice of Linuxes if I tried to upgrade the RAM to 1GB? I am a little (no, make that a lot
) hesitant about the putty knife procedure but am willing to have a go if it will be of benefit.