Do you want to install Linux on your PS3? Are you looking to expand its capabilities? Then Ubuntu Linux is a good way to do it! This article explains the install process.
But not for games, I like my 360 and online gaming on it is excellent and works really well.. Having said that, once I get my PS3, I'll certainly give the online a try and see how well that works..
You can mess up your ps3 if you dont know what your doing right or is it idiot proof anyone try it yet?
nothing on PS3 is idiot proof, this sure as hel isn't. Just downloading a demo is a major pain in the @ss on this thing, and seriously, does anyone give a rip about linux? I have a PC i can play with linux on, why the f do I need to do this on my game console, give me some flipping games already. Crap like this is why PS3 is in last place across the board.
Mr.Marbles, you, sir, are what is called... A nuisance. Leave this article to people who care. And that's obviously not you. EDIT** @ Zemnas: Yes, if you have everything needed to set it up, then it's actually not hard at all. If you can read, burn a CD, type a few things, and follow instructions...you're set!
Which is better? Yellow Dog Linux, or Ubuntu Linux? Which, do you think, I should use for my PS3? And what's that big difference?
This is idiot proof. You can't mess up anything. Unless you have managed to gain access to the higher functions of the PS3 OS, and no one else has yet, you can't do anything bad. Sony supports this fully. As to why you would do it, the answer is simple. The PS3 with linux installed is basically a PC that costs $400 and connects to your television to use for word processing, internet, music, and email. That's it. Nothing spectacular, but nothing to shake a stick at either. I have installed the two major distributions, and both work great. I use a laptop for work, and my wife uses the PS3 for internet, email and work at home. I didn't feel like spending a lot of money for a new computer when mine died, so to get my gaming fix and still have a PC at home I bought the PS3. If you have a PC, or if you're not interested in learning about a free operating system that runs better than Vista (but without the games), don't bother.
mr marbles stfu!!!!! we all know you dont have a ps3. whats so hard about downloading from psn. the only different from xbox360 and ps3 is that the 360 installs the game and ps3 you have to install itself. but of course you didnt know that.
I've installed it on my PS3 this week. It's quite easy to do... Setting the resolution to 1080p was a hastle, but I got it to work now. Surfing the web works well, and youtube works :p , and I use it to play my mp3's... Other than that I have no real use for it. Quite cool still :)! Anybody got any ideas?
Ubuntu Linux is awesome, if you can fully use it. At first install it seems basic (it is). Ubuntu includes the basics you need to do simple tasks. For anything noteworthy you'd have to go to the Add/Remove programs and install new programs. Are you guys able to install and expand this install, or is it a "custom" version that is limited to just the initial install?
As a full fledge OS, Ubuntu is an amazing system! Extremely fast, secure, and user friendly. The only draw back is that it takes some time to get used to the methods the system uses to install and handle programs. As a PS3 OS, I see this as being limited. You do not have access to the PS3's graphics chips, which will more than likely limit what you can do with this system. As one post already state, when you install Ubuntu you are getting a basic shell. It is easy to upgrade this with compiz-fusion and other very nice upgrades. That is the case when placed with an actual computer hardware. Since the PS3's graphical abilities are under lock down, I doubt you can achieve this sort of flare. I am sure you could install Virtualbox OSE and load up Windows. You can probably use Wine as well to run some Windows programs. The PS3 limitations of course would probably prohibit any sort of real use from this OS, other than just the basic playing around. The PS3 is very limited on memory which will almost certainly prevent any sort of actual usage from this OS. While the PS3 does have many processors and they can be configured to assist programs, it is very complicated and for the average joe, you might as well forget about it. Ubuntu, if installed on pc hardware is an incredible operating system. By far my personal favorite. I use it as my primary OS, but it isn't quite ready to take over Windows yet. I am fairly familiar with Linux but I am still in the position to make a change to the system which will involve a complete reinstall! Very easy to do. I have installed VirtualBox OSE under Ubuntu which happened to turn out the fastest verizon of Windows I have ever seen. I was able to install XP in 5 mintues! 5 MINUTES! I have never seen XP run so quickly. My web site building software which loads in about 30 seconds under Vista, loads in about 3 seconds under xp which is under Ubuntu. This is incredible. To load up XP under Ubuntu takes about 10 seconds. I am running Ubuntu with a dual boot setup. Vista on one partition, Ubuntu on another. My system is pretty top of the line, Quadcore, 2gs ram, 500gb hd, 8800GTS 640MB with dual monitors! I highly suggest to anyone to go ahead and download Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy (either 64bit or 32bit). 32bit may be more compatible for most people. Also more software is made for 32bit, but the tides are changing. Ubuntu is free, fast, secure, incredibly sweet looking. The effects put Vista and Leopard to shame. So Ubuntu under PS3 = Nice toy. Ubuntu under PC hardware = Incredible OS that is making incredible ground on taking Windows out of the running.
I agree that Ubuntu is an awesome OS, but there are some things that won't work on the PS3 version. Wine for example doesn't, or didn't last time I tried it, work on the ps3 mainly because the cell is PPC based, and not Intel based. Also I can't see how one can dis Leopard by saying Ubuntu is better. Leopard imo has the best UI for dealing with every thing in a Unix style interface, I only hope that Ubuntu some day will reach this level of interface; however, for the price I'll agree that Ubuntu is the best bang for the buck out there. Talyboy asked if people would recommend Yellow dog or Ubuntu. I originally installed Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on my ps3, but there was a documented issue using the Ubuntu partitioner with the ps3 at the time which was a tad bit of a hassle, and I had some resolution issues that weren't documented as to how to fix at the time. So I switched to Yellow dog till Gutsy Gibson came out. Yellow dog installed very easily, and supported a higher resolution with out any fooling around, but ultimately it lacked in the program department when compared to Ubuntu. Yellow dog supposedly has a reboot to game os in the menu, but it never functioned properly for me and I always found my self dropping to a prompt to go back to ps3 mode. If you just want Fire fox, Gimp, open office and thunder bird for the ps3, and you don't want have to tinker with settings from a command line you can easily get bye with Yellow Dog; however, if you want a more robust software selection with less dependency issues then I would go the Ubuntu route.
Well, if you have only a CD-RW, then use Ubuntu because it fits on one CD-R. If you have a DVD-RW drive, then you can go for either, because you'll be able to burn a DVD that can hold the larger-sized YDL.
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