Linux is the best operating system for repurposing old hardware for new projects. Linux is able to bring life back to an old box that was once destined for the scrap yard. There are many lightweight distributions that can bring back even 15-year-old hardware back to its former glory.
Why would you want an older computer to be revived? We respond with: Why wouldn’t I want to? Linux can be used to create new uses for old hardware with a little imagination.
Although the Linux learning curve might seem steep, it is actually quite manageable. Linux is not more complicated than any other operating system. Linux is easy to learn, even if you don’t know much about it.
Learning can be a rewarding experience. An old box can also become a great hobby project. These are some of the many interesting options for restoring an older computer using Linux.
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1. Learning for the sake and enjoyment of learning
This one was the first. We are an education company. As we have discussed in another blog post learning Linux is an adventure that pays dividends both professionally and personally.
There is no better way to learn Linux basics than building your own server. Although you may not be able study virtualization on a single-core machine there are still many opportunities to learn about Linux, MySQL, Apache, and email administration.

2. It can be used for science
A valuable and rewarding educational experience can be having a weather station built or a scientific research project. Data you collect can be useful to the scientific community. For example, uploading data from weather stations to NOAA can improve climate research and prediction.

3. Install a DIY Linux security system
When you realize that you already have hardware and storage to record, your cost of security monitoring drops dramatically. ZoneMinder can be used to manage a complete closed-circuit surveillance system. How many USB cameras can be connected to a 10-year-old computer? There is only one way to find this out!
Our Linux Essentials course can provide additional assistance if you have any questions about storage.

4. Assist in the search of alien life
To process complex scientific data, the Berkeley BOINC client can easily be installed on Linux. [email protected] is probably the most well-known crowd computing project. If you don’t like the idea of helping to identify alien civilisations, there are many other projects that will require your CPU cycles, such as analyzing underwater acoustics or quasars.

5. You can watch movies on your home network
You don’t want to watch all your home movies on a flash drive, so it’s time for a home media system upgrade. Plex and Serviio media server software run best on Linux, according to our experience.
If you find it difficult to set up a media server with your Roku, Chromecast or Apple TV, then we suggest you focus on Reason #1: It will be fun, educational and give you serious geek cred.

6. Backup your backups
Backups are best when you have backups. Cloud storage options are a popular topic. They are affordable and simple. But, in the spirit adventure and education, backing up your local Linux box can help keep your home safe and secure.
This functionality is important for professionals who are building a Linux box for personal (and professional) edification. Linux is found in most server rooms. And you can be sure that there is storage in those racks.