How to install Linux on the PS3

Posted on Saturday, Feb 24 2007 @ 14:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
IBM explains you how to get Linux onto your PlayStation 3.

Here's a short snip:
It is unusual for gaming consoles to allow foreign operating systems to be installed on them. Since consoles are usually sold at a loss, they are usually locked down to prevent games from running on them without the publisher paying royalties to the console developer. Sony decided to open up the PS3 console a little bit, and allow third-party operating systems to be installed, with the caveat that they do not get accelerated graphics.

Because of this, you can now install Linux on the PS3. You have to jump through a few hoops, but it definitely works. Terra Soft Solutions has developed Yellow Dog Linux 5 in cooperation with Sony specifically for the PS3. It even offers, uniquely among distributions so far, support for those using it on PS3. Yellow Dog Linux (also known as YDL) has been an exclusively PowerPC-based distribution since its inception, so it was not surprising that Sony contracted it to develop the next version of YDL specifically for the PS3.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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