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PS3 to ship without Linux?

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), due this month, will not ship with Linux pre-installed, as suggested in March by CEO Ken Kuturagi. However, TerraSoft CEO Kai Staats says his company's Yellow Dog Linux is installable by "anybody who knows how to use a keyboard, mouse, and browser," according to an interview in the Coloradoan.

Both Kuturagi and Staats have said that when running Linux, the PS3 has limitless potential to serve as a home computer, as well as a gaming device, DVD player, and digital media server. Staats told the Coloradoan, "This is not an application-limited appliance. This is a full-blown computer. There is no issue of 'can it do this or that?' It can do everything."

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BIadestarX3823d ago

So, obviously Linux is not required to play games on the PS3. If I don't install linux on one of the computers I have laying arround in my house; why would I install it on the PS3 in my living room? Unless ofcourse I can run most of My PC games on it. now can it?

Scythesean3823d ago

can it install windows? lol that would be funny..

DEIx15x83823d ago

That would offer more entertainment than Linux

Weapon X3823d ago

That would actually be pretty cool.

THWIP3823d ago

...sorry Sony, but without an OS, it's NOT a PC.

BIadestarX3823d ago

"This is a full-blown computer" How can this be true if it does not allow you to install every available OS?
Imagine you can install windows vista and play Halo2 or even better run Live Anywhere? So, if the PS3 is "This is a full-blown computer" and does not let me install any OS on it; what would my PC be? SUPER DUPPER FULL BLOWN COMPUTER? This does not add anything to gamers, let me run windows on it; so I can run games like Battle Field, etc... oh wait... no DirectX support.... most PC games are writen and therefore require DirectX to run. Ok, no thanks I will keep my NOT so full-blown computer.

videl3823d ago

lol, a computer is not what you think, it can be a computer although you cant install windows on it, it has nothing to do with the os.

Thugbot1873823d ago

In windows current build it will not run windows at all. Microsoft would have to make a custom build of windows that would support the cell processor inside the PS3 (Notice the standard version of windows and the 64bit version). Same goes with any other OS that would like to run on the PS3.

lalaland3823d ago

1. A lot of computers are sold without an OS -- I had to fork out an extra $200 for WinXP on mine.
2. The PS3 does ship with an OS -- just not your average Linux, Win or Mac OS.
3. You cannot install Mac OSX legally on a regular PC -- isn't your PC a proper computer then?
4. Although not as many as on PC, Macs do have loads of games and none of them runs using DirectX.

BIadestarX3823d ago (Edited 3823d ago )

videl, actually I am A+ certified and I sure know what a computer is. I'm also a programmer.
Thugbot187 it's more accurate about in his comment.
@lalaland - "1. A lot of computers are sold without an OS -- I had to fork out an extra $200 for WinXP on mine." Can you do the same with the PS3?
"You cannot install Mac OSX legally on a regular PC -- isn't your PC a proper computer then?" I have a MAC and I sure do run Windows XP Emulators and now with the MAC using Intel CPU you will be able to install Windows OS without a problem.
"Although not as many as on PC, Macs do have loads of games and none of them runs using DirectX." Yeah, you mean OpenGL? yeah OpenGL it's also available for Windows. That's why Windows is the prefered OS for games.
Bottom line, my phone can be considered a full-blown a computer in terms of hardware (I have a Windows Mobile Phone); now should I drop my PC and use my phone from now on? What makes windows what it is; it's not the stupid OS but the applications I can run on it. So, unless you planning to use your PS3 to run as a web server than it will always offer less than what your PC can do. Ohh wow I can run linux on my full-blown computer. Heck, at least my phone runs excel and the PS3 will not. It's this a bad things? Heck No, cause I will get it to play GAMES not to play some open source Pacman game; that some kid wrote.

Watapata3823d ago

Anything you do on Windows you can also do on Linux...it just might take you longer to figure out how, but it can be done. I use Linux exclusively and I can even stream music to my 360...

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CyberSentinel3823d ago (Edited 3823d ago )

LIE # 4080.

LAWMAN3823d ago

So if no one ever claimed that the PS3 would be shipped with Linux preinstalled, then explain to me how that is a lie.

In fact, Sony has always said that it would only be available if we want it thereby giving us the option.

ThaTeflonDon3823d ago

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), due this month, will not ship with Linux pre-installed, as suggested in March by CEO Ken Kuturagi.

Good enough claim for me!

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