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PS3: More Than a Toy

Peter Seebach of IBM Writes: "When Sony first announced that the PlayStation 3 would be able to run Linux natively, a great deal of excitement ensued. Early on, it was a bit of a challenge to get Linux natively installed. The supported installer ran a custom script that hand-mangled a Fedora Core 5 or 6 install DVD into a runnable system with a special PS3 kernel. People put in hours and hours of effort to get other systems, such as Ubuntu, working. Terrasoft's Yellow Dog Linux, with an actual graphical installer that ran on the PS3, was the king of the hill.

Time has passed, and a great deal has changed. Fedora 7 installs on the PS3 out of the box, with the most challenging parts being selecting the PS3 storage driver so it can find the install DVD, and remembering to specify a video mode on the initial install command line so you'll be able to see the installer.

So, you can run Linux on the PS3. It's easy. The problem is, it doesn't necessarily run well. If you picked the PS3 up as a cheap Cell development system, it's a little frustrating to discover that, having followed the default install procedure, you have a system that comes up with a hundred megs or more of swap in use by the time you get to a shell prompt."

This series of three articles looks at PS3 Linux as a prospective development environment.

This first article, Part 1, introduces the basic configuration knobs and widgets specific to the PS3, shows you how to use them effectively, and suggests the kind of trickery that might get improved performance or a more usable display.

Part 2 and Part 3 then delve into some of the performance and tuning issues that, while they might apply on any system, are particularly useful for turning your PS3 from a proof-of-concept demo into a working system.

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dro3760d ago (Edited 3760d ago )

the colour of the ps3 on the pic is so sick!!! i know its an effect but sony can make different colour ps3 if they want to just like the ps2.

Skerj3760d ago

I know, that's the first thing I thought man. Wonder if I should send my 60gb off to get painted by Colorware now.

bluecapone3760d ago

ps3 is the perfect media center

MrSwede3760d ago (Edited 3760d ago )

Bookmarked. Might come in handy if I feel like giving Linux a shot.

drewdrakes3760d ago

If you want to try it, before doing this i would use an ubuntu live cd in your PC. Then you wont go through all this work for nothing.

MrSwede3760d ago (Edited 3760d ago )

I'm running Kubuntu on my laptop atm(switched from Vista and I couldn't be happier). But I'm still a little scared to try Linux on my PS3. Don't know why though. Probably ignorance, I need to read more from people who've tried it.

Edit: I had Ubuntu before Kubuntu btw. I had to try them both :-)

drewdrakes3760d ago

You can install the gnome and kde desktops on one install. Then you can choose at startup to go into ubuntu or kubuntu.

user8586213760d ago

wicked colour in the pik!!!!

Zerodin3760d ago

All consoles are toys!

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