I'd like to build a small home server (backups, download station and media server with dlna). Anybody knows if this spare mac I have is worth for the specified jobs using Ubuntu Server (I've already found the working iso) or it's just a waste of time keeping in mind that I'd need to stream using dlna 1080p movies? I can't predict its performance because of my poor experience on risc processors.

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I don't have experience doing exactly what you want to do, but as an "old mac guy", I have a lot of experience w/ G4 processors, and a 1.4GHz G4 would be roughly equivalent to a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 which according to the Passmark site listing all benchmarked CPU's earns a Passmark score of 314, which to put in perspective would be roughly in line with a 1st Gen Atom from the first Netbooks that started floating around.

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