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Video of Fedora On PS3 331

klippoth writes, "I just thought I would let you guys know, not only do I have Fedora Core 5 for PPC installed on my Playstation 3, but I video-captured running through the boot loader to demonstrate how it works. And yes, I am selling the PS3 on Ebay, although that was not my original intention. But hearing about people making ten grand... well, let's just say my love for my PS3 is NOT unconditional. Metal Gear Solid 4 doesn't come out for another year anyway! (Although it seems that sales of PS3s are starting to slow down... oh well, I can think of worse things to be stuck with!!)"
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Video of Fedora On PS3

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  • Compiles the kernel? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 20, 2006 @12:57AM (#16910480)
    He must mean boots ...
  • Weak. (Score:4, Informative)

    by jericho4.0 ( 565125 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:11AM (#16910588)
    That guy is clearly not a linux user, or even a Windows power user. The one useful piece of info I got from that was that it boots and loads KDE quite fast. Some benchmarks would have been nice. Compiling some Cell code on the SDK would have been nicer.
  • Re:$10,000? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kangburra ( 911213 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:23AM (#16910678)
  • by klippoth ( 1029528 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:25AM (#16910692)
    If I had known the message I sent in was going to be printed verbatim, I think I would have been smart enough to include a link to my Ebay it is, I could throw a plug down here but it would get buried in no time. As a note though, I actually went through a lot to get that captured, voiced, cleaned up, composited, etc, so I think if I do get any decent price out of this, I earned it more than the guy who threw in a free candy bar. As a side note, I did learn an awful lot about compositing... So as far as Linux goes, I haven't had any luck with the Network yet, but then again, the Optical drive won't mount and I seem to lack any audio as well. That being said, I am currently re-loading the unit, and this time I am vid-capturing that as well, since a lot of people have asked how this was done. Hopefully I'll have that vid up tomorrow. Personally, this makes for a great exercise in Linux troubleshooting, but I really can't wait for Yellow Dog Linux to come out, seeing as how it is optimized for the PS3. I expect excellent results. Where video quality is concerned, I am capturing it on my old (like way old) MythTV box, so to start with, it's not the best, having an ATI AIW 9000 in it. And since that card doesn't support HD, it's running through a good old-fashioned composite cable. On top of that, Youtube asks that vids be resized to 320x240, so you can do the math. You're lucky it's legible at all. That was really late at night when I did that, so trust me, "Compiling the Kernel" is not that close as I was to passing out, I'm amazed I didn't refer to its "Registry" or "Guru Meditation Error"....
  • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Informative)

    by CronoCloud ( 590650 ) <cronocloudauron@g m a i l . c om> on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:49AM (#16910880)
    there was Slashdot article on Friday with links to how to do it. 1327239 []

    Download the otheros.self file from SCEfoo, []

    download FC5 PPC DVD,

    download the addon's disk (theres some detailed instructions on it too) []

    and install.

    You can find more detailed instructions in various places on the net

    In a about a week you'll be able to buy Yellow Dog 5.0 for the PS3, supposedly it has 1 click install. []

    I really don't know why you're so skeptical, this is not the first game console from Sony that supports LInux, officially mind you, this isn't some sort of hack.

  • Re:Yeah, That's Nice (Score:4, Informative)

    by AKAImBatman ( 238306 ) * <> on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:58AM (#16910928) Homepage Journal
    The PS3 requires a rather complex series of steps to setup an operating system
    Strange wording, but fair enough.

    the Windows setup is incompatable with this method.
    Getting weirder. Perhaps he's referring to the boot process?

    Believe me, I already tried to install Vista on mine.
    Wait, you tried what?

    I hope you realize that Post-NT versions of Windows are compiled only for x86. The Cell processor is based on the Power/PowerPC architecture. You'd have about as much luck running Windows on a G5 Mac as you would on the PS3. :-/
  • by Jacek Poplawski ( 223457 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @02:09AM (#16911022)
    This video doesn't show anything interesting.

    After boot there was a console, I wanted to see /proc, but someone just logged on root and... called startx.

    Then author just move mouse cursor over menu and read menu items, like he never seen it bfore.

    Everything looks quite lame.
  • Re:$10,000? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Kohath ( 38547 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @02:09AM (#16911028)
    They all start out in that range. The trend is that they hit $900 at about 1 minute left and then go to $1000-$1200 at the end.

    I've been watching them all weekend because I want one but won't pay the amount they're selling for.
  • by CronoCloud ( 590650 ) <cronocloudauron@g m a i l . c om> on Monday November 20, 2006 @02:13AM (#16911050)
    From reading the various message boards, most of the people installing Fedora and posting about it are Linux newbies being walked through installs and setup by Linux guru's without PS3's.

    I know Ethernet works, WiFi apparently doesnt. Some people had sound issues, (I bet they need to configure ALSA or something) I saw an X conf file somewhere, monitors are supported. ah here we are, output from the ps3videomode utility

    YUV 60Hz 1:480i 2:480p 3:720p 4:1080i 5:1080p
    YUV 50Hz 6:576i 7:576p 8:720p 9:1080i 10:1080p
    RGB 60Hz 33:480i 34:480p 35:720p 36:1080i 37:1080p
    RGB 50Hz 38:576i 39:576p 40:720p 41:1080i 42:1080p

  • Re:noob (Score:3, Informative)

    by dangitman ( 862676 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @02:43AM (#16911208)
    Uhh, why? In the English language, it is normal to pronounce the letters in an acronym separately. I actually can't stand the way people turn acronyms into words. The "gooey" pronounciation is comparitively recent. In the old days, people would actually say "Graphical User Interface" or "G.U.I." The contemporary usage is just a form of laziness, and pronounciong the letters separately is perfectly acceptable.

    Do you pronounce "CLI" as "klee"?

  • Re:nice resolution (Score:3, Informative)

    by rm69990 ( 885744 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @03:07AM (#16911320)
    FC5 is not optimized for the PS3. It isn't even using all of the Cell's cores. Wait until YellowDog Linux 5.0 for PS3, which will be optimized, comes out. Apparently Sony provided them with dev boxes so they have been working on it for a while. That will be the one to test, not FC5.
  • Re:noob (Score:4, Informative)

    by coldmist ( 154493 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @04:45AM (#16911778) Homepage
    How about SCUBA, do you pronounce it S. C. U. B. A.? How about NASA? If the acronym lends itself to pronunciation, then say it as a word. If not, then don't. NSA, USO, or CLI, for example.
  • Re:Slashvertisement (Score:2, Informative)

    by LiquidCoooled ( 634315 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @07:12AM (#16912396) Homepage Journal
    Actually, we have something called the "Firehose".

    God knows if it works, but this is what it says about itself:

    Firehose is a collaborative system designed to allow users to assist the Slashdot editors in the story selection process. Try tagging and voting on the entries below. The hose can contain submissions, RSS Feeds, bookmarks, and journal entries. Please send your feedback to and be forgiving of beta code!
  • Re:Not Impressive (Score:3, Informative)

    by hump_ ( 125049 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @11:17AM (#16914802)
    Excellent argument! It was used nearly 2000 years ago. "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!" (Romans 6:1)
  • Ebay hates linux!! (Score:2, Informative)

    by klippoth ( 1029528 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @03:22PM (#16919012)
    So, whether you think I'm a noob or an idiot or whatever doesn't matter at this point. The fact is, Sony expressly designed the PS3 to run Linux - any version, and they say so on thier site html [] . We all know that Fedora is open source, and you can sell computers with Fedora installed without a problem. But my auction was cancelled without any notification from Ebay over "Unauthorized Copies (Copyright)". To quote: Dear klipp0th, You recently listed the following auction-style listing: 250051615791 - Playstation 3 PS3 Premium w/ Fedora Linux Installed The listing was removed because it violated eBay policy. All fees related to this listing have been credited to your account. We also notified members who placed bids on the item that the listing has been canceled. What kind of crap is that!?! Since when is installing Linux on a system that supports Linux violating copyright? It wasn't a paid distro, it was a free one...

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl