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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

Blue-ray or HD DVD? The Hard Drive

Blue-ray is winning the battle for the next-gen DVD. Warner has announced that they will release high-definition movies only in Blue-ray format starting July. With Warner announcement, Sony has secured support for Blue-ray from most of the big film studios.

This is a big win for Sony, specially for the push it will generate in sales of PS3, which includes a Blue-ray reader. The cost optimization that Sony has engineered on the new models of PS3, plus Blue-ray, will make PS3 gain ground on the console battle. Since Xbox 360 supports the “losing” Toshiba HD DVD format, there will be a hit on Xbox 360 sales in the short term. Some Microsoft spokesman already mentioned that Microsoft could consider Blue-ray, if it finally becomes the de facto standard.

Nonetheless, with the predictable increase of bandwidth in our broadband connections, and with High Definition being offered by more and more IPTV service providers, the winning format of the next-gen DVD becomes less relevant than in previous standard wars. In the future, we will consume HD movies through video-on-demand or movie download services, as Amazon Unbox, instead of through a disc format. The CEO of Seagate, one of the biggest hard drive manufacturers, states it clearly: “Blu-ray won the battle but lost the war“. If on-line distribution triumphs over physical disc distribution as expected , the hard drives will be the storage for the movies distributed on-line. Not even backups are likely to be made on discs in the future, once we have Blue-ray writers. As network storage gets cheaper and cheaper, and broadband better and better the Net will be the right place to host your backups.

Nonetheless, congratulations to Sony for winning this battle.

Video: Linux MCE vs Microsoft MCE and other alternatives

Two more impressive videos to enjoy with the possibilities of Linux MCE.

Many people will be reluctant to move to linux because of lack of official support. Yet you can get tons of support from the many Linux Forums.

On the other side, other options fighting to be the center of home entertainment have significant flaws:
– apart from the infamous red circle of death, the Xbox 360 does not support Xvid and Divx, so a big part of my media library in my PC can not be accessed from the Xbox 360 in the living room – unless trancoded, with loss of quality.
PS3. No support either from Xvid and DivX. The interesting alternative is to install Linux on the PS3, and use VLC to watch your media
Wii is not really an option as a Media Extender. You can only receive streamed video by installing ORB on your streaming PC, set videos to transcode to flash, and access them from the Opera browser in the Wii. Low quality video and no convenient access to library
KiSS Players. Not a bad option, but until recently the SW to install on your PC was not Vista compatible
Apple TV. No Xvid, nor DivX, and no games…Nice design but not open. Not taken seriously by Apple.

Linux MCE will let you easily record TV shows, rip your music and DVD to your media storage with no DRM issues, and on top it will integrate with Home Automation systems and Voice over IP providers (e.g. FWD) among other possibilities.