My powerpc MacMini is retired for many years now. After trying to use it as media server I realized that I did not use it a lot and working with the very old version of MacOS did not make fun. After a long time of being retired I wanted to give the old hardware a new chance. What could this old hardware be useful for?
What about using it as my NAS? Yes sounds great and is much cheaper than a Synology (ok that comparison is not fair, a Synology is much better and for more than two years now I am thinking about buying one because it is an awesome product).
As my OS I chose Debian. After installing the PowerPc version with Xfce I needed to activate ssh:
Now I need login without password. I like the tool ssh-copy-id (which is part of the openssh-client package):
(if you have more than one key you can choose the key with the -i option)
To make connecting a little bit more comfortable I added an alias to my .zshrc:
and reloaded with
Now my ssh connection works fine with
To test WakeOnLan I needed the MacAdress: