I just tried Mint on an old Mac
2009 MacBook Pro that the latest MacOS won't run on without serious wrangling so once in a while I face some obsolescence.
Downloaded the latest Mintamon iso a few weeks ago, made Live USB with Balena because that iso won't work off Ventoy, sadly (great tool though). Then booted to the Live USB and installed on another USB after partitioning it.
Live USB saw my Wifi SSID, and so does the installed Mintamon stick, but will not connect.
Have to use wired connection to do the updates to get that driver. Which I do not have available, but am assured that if I did I could "update" to get the wireless Broadcom drivers I need. Using cellphone for Wifi, no wires.
Booted back to OS X, found that there might be drivers included in the distro, got the names of files, booted back to Mint USB, found those files and forced an install of them, getting several dire warned each time abotu how it would be better to just update.
Still doesn't connect. Sees the SSID, tries, but no.
I greatly appreciate the distro reviews, I read them all and have tried several. This same issue occurs every time with every distro I've tried,
My point being that recommending Mint for older Macs is not without the need for caveats.
I get that there are moral codes and so forth, but this felt like I was dealing with evangelicals rather than a technical issue.