Linux on PS3?

A game console is in essence a computer with a “gaming operating system”. Sony PS3 specs outshine most of our PCs at home, and not only in Graphics power:

CPU: Cell Processor PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 218 GFLOPS

GPU: RSX @550MHz – 1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance

Sound: Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc.

Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz

Storage: Detachable 2.5” HDD slot x 1 I/O: 6 USB, Card reader (CompactFlash, SD, Memory Stick)

Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), Wifi IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)

AV Output: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

  • HDMI: HDMI out x 2
  • Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
  • Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1

Blu-ray / DVD (read only)

With such an outstanding machine, our friends of Sony had the brilliant idea to include the option of installing a new OS. And more, Sony made the hard drive storage user replaceable, so you can easily upgrade with a 2.5″ laptop hard drive.

There are many distros that work on PS3, but the most popular is Yellow Dog Linux from Terrasoft, a company specialized in Linux for PowerPC processors.

You can watch other interesting videos in Terrasoft site.

Install the VLC player for Linux on top, and you will be able to watch your Divx, Xvid, WMV and many more formats videos on your TV. As well as YouTube videos, web browsing, email, Skype and more

One thought on “Linux on PS3?

  1. Navigator2

    You can always tell your wife that in fact you bought the PS3 for her to watch movies or to browse the web form the TV

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