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August 11, 2007 12:02:04 AM

Hi

I am planing to install linux on my PS3 i just need advice on which distro to go with,i just need a simple OS to do usual work like watching video or similar stuff
i heard the the best one is yellow dog for PS3
also any advice before installing OS?
thanks

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August 11, 2007 12:24:21 AM

i think fedora is the one i shouldnt go with :pfff: 
yellow dog was made for PS3, i think that is the one to chose but, i am not sure if it is easy to use, i always use ubuntu so it is simple, any info on how user friendly yellow dog is?
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a b 5 Linux
August 11, 2007 12:28:18 AM

fire_storm said:
i think fedora is the one i shouldnt go with :pfff: 
yellow dog was made for PS3, i think that is the one to chose but, i am not sure if it is easy to use, i always use ubuntu so it is simple, any info on how user friendly yellow dog is?


I don't know really anything about yellow dog. It isn't really about compatibility, I'm sure any OS you chose would work just fine. It's just whatever you want. If you like Ubuntu, use that. If you want to try something else, go for it. You're not confined to a single OS. If you don't like it, get a different one, it's that simple.

-Pyro
a b 5 Linux
August 11, 2007 11:24:53 AM

You can get Ubuntu on PS3 but it is still a work in progress:
PS Ubuntu

As I understood it Yellow Dog have a fully working distro for PS3. They used to rule the roost for Linux on Mac and had a good reputation. Since the switch to x86 for the Mac you see a lot less of them.
a b 5 Linux
August 11, 2007 9:56:05 PM

Well.. Fairly low cost for a media center PC with BlueRay drive support. Also an interesting architecture processor wise and it allows you to run your own software, possibly home brew games although I've not seen much on that and hell.. because its cool and Geeky.

Anonymous
August 17, 2009 1:49:53 AM

Yellow Dog Linux is a derivative of RHEL as is Fedora, YDL installs and workd ok except I found it really slow.. I find xubuntu 7.04 (feisty fawn) runs fastest and you can get everything installed, be aware that this is now a unsupported release, I have tried installing newer versions of xubuntu and ubuntu without any luck, the discs would'nt boot even after alot of tweaking, closest I got was using xubuntu 9.10 karmic koala but once the install started it wouldn't recognise my ps3's cd drive even after mnt'ing and trying to load the drivers manually.

My final look is that with xubuntu 7.10 it is light weight enough for me to do my regular stuff like video/photo editing, web development etc.... the only annoying thing I havn't accomplished as yet is getting wine on there! If I had that it would be perfect!! I hope this helps...
a b 5 Linux
August 17, 2009 1:55:15 AM

Thanks for your input, but please note the date of the final post in a thread before commenting on them.
September 12, 2009 4:21:15 AM

why dose the date matter if you're not uptight?
a b 5 Linux
September 12, 2009 4:46:40 AM

slapshot said:
why dose the date matter if you're not uptight?


There's no need to be rude. It's a general unwritten rule on forums across the internet not to bring back outdated threads.
September 12, 2009 5:08:39 AM

Just because its a older post thats not to say its outdated, people are still looking for answers about installing a second OS on ps3's and he did add valid information to topic. Sorry you feel I was rude.
a b 5 Linux
September 12, 2009 6:17:39 AM

slapshot said:
Just because its a older post thats not to say its outdated, people are still looking for answers about installing a second OS on ps3's and he did add valid information to topic. Sorry you feel I was rude.


It's hard to tell what kind of mood somebody is over the internet, sorry for misinterpreting what you said :) 
December 6, 2009 12:11:20 AM

I second yellowdog linux. you can see what you can do with it in this this thread which has numerous videos and screen shots. Also at the bottom you will find a guide to help you set up the same on your ps3.
a b 5 Linux
December 8, 2009 4:48:01 PM

Just a note with all this new found enthusiasm, the PS3 Slim does not allow you to run Linux :-(
December 9, 2009 9:27:02 PM

audiovoodoo said:
Just a note with all this new found enthusiasm, the PS3 Slim does not allow you to run Linux :-(


Seriously? Do you have any reference articles regarding this or is this from personal experience? I was about to buy one today in fact (PS3 slim) but will now wait .. its important for me to be able to boot this into linux as well if I choose. Are there any other oprion (such as 'Other OS') that are removed in the PS3 Slim release that you know of?
a b 5 Linux
December 11, 2009 12:06:42 PM

This was VERY widely reported at the time. Try google with 'ps3 slim linux support'

From: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/28/sony_ps3_slim_l...

Quote:
The reasons are simple: The PS3 Slim is a major cost reduction involving many changes to hardware components in the PS3 design. In order to offer the OtherOS install, SCE would need to continue to maintain the OtherOS hypervisor drivers for any significant hardware changes - this costs SCE. One of our key objectives with the new model is to pass on cost savings to the consumer with a lower retail price. Unfortunately in this case the cost of OtherOS install did not fit with the wider objective to offer a lower cost PS3.


You are also poop out of luck on the PS2 support although the BlueRay drive works faster.
January 2, 2010 11:17:07 AM

I am running Ubuntu in my PS3. The performance is great! I had follow this guide to install it : http://bit.ly/6IS2AY. Even I can use emulator to run Windows within it! If PS3 slim can't use Linux then I will stick with my Thick PS3.
January 3, 2010 1:24:30 AM

Hey, that's really great to know. I'm just getting installing ubuntu on my ps3 this evening. Wish me luck.
linux on ps3
a b 5 Linux
January 3, 2010 12:41:59 PM

ronochu said:
I am running Ubuntu in my PS3. The performance is great!


Really? Everything I read said that it was a bit of a sick dog, limited memory and no HW acceleration on the graphics being the biggest two complaints.

ronochu said:
I had follow this guide to install it : http://bit.ly/6IS2AY. Even I can use emulator to run Windows within it! If PS3 slim can't use Linux then I will stick with my Thick PS3.


That's NOT a guide, that's a link to a $40 commercial product that should not be required to install Linux on the older 'fat' PS3. The thought of running XP in a virtualised (I'm guessing BOCHS?) machine with less than 480Mb available to me really does not appeal.


Anyway, seeing as people seem to be lacking in google foo so far this year, here is the link to the guide on how to install Ubuntu, for free, with no third party tools required:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PlayStation_3
a b 5 Linux
January 3, 2010 12:44:42 PM

ps3man said:
Hey, that's really great to know. I'm just getting installing ubuntu on my ps3 this evening. Wish me luck.
linux on ps3


Ohhh.. down to $37, still not quite FOS but at least I've got change for a packet of smokes over the effort from ronochu....

January 8, 2010 2:44:41 AM

I have installed yellow dog Linux(ydl) v5 to v6.2 (latest) and updated along the way. @ 1st you had to fight tooth and nail to get wireless and etc - its built in with 6.2 (lucky if your'e just jumping into the game). I never had a problem with it aside from the problems i make by tweaking the cr@p out of it:-) YDL FTW for sure.Once you get your depositories up its very simple to install VLC media player, emulators (snes), GIMP (imaging) and a WHOLE WHOLE lot more. You can even rip blu ray games you just can do any thing with the data so why bother. Sony limited the RAM (memory) you can use there for no high end gaming (halo x) or anything of that nature, but emulators are abundant. Just back up your data and go to to downoad 6.2, then has info ton of tutorials, like setting up depositories to easily install emulators and everything under the sun. :bounce:  btw Billb is a god
January 18, 2010 5:19:37 AM

dubyajaysmith said:
I have installed yellow dog Linux(ydl) v5 to v6.2 (latest) and updated along the way. @ 1st you had to fight tooth and nail to get wireless and etc - its built in with 6.2 (lucky if your'e just jumping into the game). I never had a problem with it aside from the problems i make by tweaking the cr@p out of it:-) YDL FTW for sure.Once you get your depositories up its very simple to install VLC media player, emulators (snes), GIMP (imaging) and a WHOLE WHOLE lot more. You can even rip blu ray games you just can do any thing with the data so why bother. Sony limited the RAM (memory) you can use there for no high end gaming (halo x) or anything of that nature, but emulators are abundant. Just back up your data and go to to downoad 6.2, then has info ton of tutorials, like setting up depositories to easily install emulators and everything under the sun. :bounce:  btw Billb is a god


is yellow dog able to run youtube, hulu, gametrailers, and any other kind of website that requires flash yet? or does it not work still? Also Skype, utorrent, and other programs? Please let me know i would be very thankful!
January 18, 2010 5:22:45 AM

Does anyone know what is the best linux for regular computing such as watching youtube, hulu, downloading music, torrents and practically everything you do with a regular computer? My laptop broke so im trying to use my ps3 as my momentary computer and wish to install the best linux that might do all that for me and that would actually work on the ps3. Thanks in advance!
a b 5 Linux
January 18, 2010 6:25:09 AM

Well you can't do everything you do on a PC on a PS3 with Linux.

What I suggest is that you go and buy yourself a nettop.
a b 5 Linux
January 18, 2010 6:57:40 PM

Flash is not supported on Cell, the CPU in the PS3, hence no YouTube or Vimeo etc. One day this might change with HTML5 and the new video tag.
Torrents would work, should be included with Ubuntu or Yellow Dog
Music downloads, this depends. No iTunes that's for sure on anything.

As for Hulu I thought PS3 was now supporting NetFlix natively if that's any use to you.


March 3, 2010 5:51:50 PM

Re: A few problems (flash and resolutions)
by billb » 20 Dec 2009, 00:05

CoBrA2168 wrote:
But there are a few things I would like to improve. First, I can't get flash working. I'm tried by following a few tutorials on this forum (outdated?). It used something like YouTotem or something, and it never works. So I would like to get flash working, even if it has to be streamed through VLC or whateever.


I haven't tried that on YDL 6.2 yet, though I had it working on YDL 6.1. If it's not working I'd suggest posting in the tutorial topic so we'll have an idea what you're following, at least. When I have a chance I'll try it on YDL 6.2 as well.


Thats something I quickly found by googling. It happens to be from the best site for support on this subject I have found and probably ever will. Its "http://www.yellowdog-board.com/" with out quotes. Flash is not supported for the cell ppc as stated, BUT there is, certainly, ways around it. VLC is what i recommend for playing music\media\streaming - etc. Transmission / deluge / bittorrent are all good torrent clients that work. GL HF
a b 5 Linux
March 8, 2010 5:22:46 PM

I wonder if you can get GNASH (the open source Flash clone) to run, it might just work. That then raises the question of YouTube works with GNASH as I know they up the version requirement recently. Still being stuck on Vista for a while I can't confirm on that one.
a b 5 Linux
March 30, 2010 5:48:10 PM

Update 30th March 2010:

Reports are out that PS3 'FAT' consoles will loose Linux OS support with Firmware v3.21 that Sony will be pushing out shortly:

http://kotaku.com/5504123/ps3-loses-linux-support

Geohot (He did a lot of work on hacking the iPhone) has stated that he will be working hard on finding a way round this for everybody:

http://gizmodo.com/5505221/ps3s-running-linux-could-be-...

So... either don't update the firmware or don't run Linux. If I see an hack posted I'll file it here for everyone.
April 7, 2010 5:51:01 PM

geohot has found away around it
Here's more info from Geohot himself:
Quote:

This can be installed without having to open up your PS3, just by restoring a custom generated PUP file, but only from 3.15 or previous. It's possible this CFW will also work on the slim to actually *enable* OtherOS; I'll know when my infectus gets here.

No release date yet, use the proxy hack to play online with 3.15

!