Mac mini with DVD drive

What do you do with your old Apple Mac mini? With an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, Gallium on NVAF graphics, 4 GB of memory, a 320 GB hard disk, and a DVD drive… not really the desktop computer I would want to be working on. The older Mac mini is still a worthy machine, but not as responsive with an aging macOS on older hardware. I decided to give the Mac mini a new life, as a dedicated entertainment center computer running 64-bit Ubuntu Linux OS, which runs more efficiently on older hardware. The HDMI video signal out from the Mac mini is connected to a 40 inch Samsung SmartTV. An added bonus was that the internal DVD drive had stopped working under macOS Yosemite, but came back to life with the Ubuntu Linux installation. The Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse are both recognized by the Ubuntu Linux installation through the Bluetooth Control Panel. WiFi, USB, and other devices are available and accessible through System Preferences and Control Panels. Using the Chrome browser, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and other online video is easily accessible. Other apps are available for various purposes. I prefer the media center being driven by the Mac mini, rather than the Samsung SmartTV, which was kind of slow on performance (it works better as an HDMI monitor). I also wasn’t satisfied with Apple TV because of lack of Amazon Prime support, so have switched to the dedicated Linux Mac media center as the source of my viewing entertainment. I don’t have a TV-style remote for the Linux Mac mini system, but the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse substitute for that. The Apple Wireless Trackpad and wired devices work too. DVD discs and CDs play from the internal DVD drive. There is a 5.1 Surround Sound audio system with wireless remote plugged into the Mac mini speaker out port. I did not have this audio out option from the Samsung SmartTV, so this was an additional bonus of using the Linux Mac mini.