1. Create a cloud file server with OwnCloud
OwnCloud is a self-hosted Dropbox or Google Drive alternative. OwnCloud allows you to use your own storage drives, and it is much more customizable. A collaborative editing/word processing app can be installed as well, similar to Google Docs. OwnCloud server works on Linux operating systems or a web server.
2. Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server can be installed on many operating systems. With Plex, you can stream your own movies, music, and custom channels to your TV, phone, or PC. The media is hosted and streamed from your PC.
3. Turn it into a fast Chromebook
CloudReady is a forked version of ChromeOS that works on most old/new laptops. It will make your laptop much faster for the web!
4. Network Storage Server
Using software like Nas4Free, you can turn your old PC into network hard drives for backups or more storage. It will show up just like a regular drive on your computers.
5. Wall mount your laptop
You can convert your old laptop into a wall kiosk. This can be used for your kitchen, an entertainment in your room, etc. There are different tutorials and take apart guides for different model laptops. All you really need to do is disconnect the monitor, buy a longer ribbon cable, and mount it.
6. Turn it into a media center
You can also install Kodi, and turn your old PC into a media center.
7. Web server control panel
Create your own web development environment with VestaCP on Ubuntu Server!
BONUS: Steam in-home streaming machine
Stream your games from your main PC to a second machine (by your TV for example).
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