How to Install Linux on Your PS3

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For those of you who managed to get your hands on a PS3 and not get shot in the process, you're probably itching to use that big ass machine to do some fancy media playback—like Sony's been hyping. The good news is that you can use your PS3 as a media hub, but the bad news is that you'll have to install Linux.


Here's a guide to installing Yellow Dog Linux, the Linux that was designed for the PlayStation 3. It's not too complicated a process, but you'll have to have a USB mouse and keyboard plus some storage to hold the Linux install on. After you're done, you can use your PS3 as a DVR, a media machine, or even a webserver.

Tek Jansen's Guide to Installing Linux on Your PS3! [Gamescentral]


Actually, it's only because Sony is taking advantage of some tax loopholes. The PS3 is declared as a "computer" rather than a "video game console" - computers have lower duties.

Of course, trying to fool customs is traditionally a very bad idea since they hit you with huge taxes and crap and prevent importation. So by providing "OtherOS" support, they can declare it as a computer, and pay less taxes. When the PS3 prices tumble, expect "OtherOS" functionality to disappear (like how the PS2 Linux Kit was withdrawn from the market). Even though to everyone a PS3 is a game console, legally it's considered a computer.

(Of course, homebrew on Linux won't run very well - the PS3 Linux runs like the PS2 Linux - on top of a software layer inbetween the hardware. So you can get access to the Cell processors, but not to the RSX graphics chip, and several ATAPI commands are restricted by the hypervisor software layer. You can do block reads of Blu-Ray, but not security commands...)