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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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  • Slashvertisement (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Baricom ( 763970 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @12:56AM (#16910456)
    I wish I was a subscriber. This is by far the most blatant slashvertisment I've ever seen. It should be tagged as such.
  • by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @12:59AM (#16910492)
    Here's my vote for discussing the PS3...

    So far I've heard dozens of discussion about selling PS3's on ebay, and none about actually playing games on them. That can't be a good thing, not even for the "long-term" (= 2-4 weeks :) sales prospects for PS3's on ebay.

  • Does it play video? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kerecsen ( 807268 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:04AM (#16910524)
    My first and foremost question is whether the framebuffer driver that comes with Yellow Dog/RH5 fast enough to do video playback. If yes, PS3/Linux would make an awesome media center.

    Using Linux instead of the native media player would be pretty much mandatory, since the built-in one won't uprez DVDs to 1080 -- if rumors are to be believed. Otherwise, since the Sony abstraction layer doesn't allow direct access to the GPU, Linux on the PS3 is just a big useless gimmick. The box is way too expensive for text-only purposes (except perhaps for researchers who just gotta have a cell CPU).
  • Re:nice resolution (Score:2, Interesting)

    by megaditto ( 982598 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:06AM (#16910552)
    Is it normal that his FC5 lags so badly?
    Does it always take 1-2 seconds to re-draw the menu icons?
    And what's with the qvga desktop resolution, bad videocard drivers?
  • What about cure@ps3? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by still_sick ( 585332 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:14AM (#16910618)
    http://folding.stanford.edu/FAQ-PS3.html/ [stanford.edu]

    They claim to get "Supercomputer speeds" out of the PS3 - can anyone confirm this? How many points-per-day can it really do?
  • Re:nice resolution (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CronoCloud ( 590650 ) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <noruaduolconorc>> on Monday November 20, 2006 @01:57AM (#16910922)
    The boot/install other OS feature is in the Cross Media bar interface, so yes, it's relatively easy. I've read that you can actually set it so that Linux becomes the default boot environment, which will be a heck of a lot more convenient (when I finally get a PS3) than on the PS2 which requires the "magic" RTE DVD to boot into Linux from being turned off.

  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @02:40AM (#16911198) Homepage

    The PS3 speculators are already in trouble. Sure, a few idiots paid $10,000 on day zero, but that's over. Auctions of unsold PS3 systems at bloated prices are now getting zero bids. There are "Buy it Now" prices of $3000, but reality is that units are going unsold at $1100 [ebay.com]. A sale of the 20GB unit just just occured at $925. [ebay.com] Then at $840 [ebay.com]. One seller writes "I waited over 30 hours in walmart so you don't have to!" He got $780. [ebay.com]

    The original poster should hang onto his PS3. He's not going to make much money selling it. If you want a PS3, one will be available tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that. At a modest premium over retail.

  • by klippoth ( 1029528 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @03:09AM (#16911330)
    I'm doing a video of that right now, actually. And I don't run as root in any PC that I actually plan to use. It's just that most of my Linux distros have you create a user login when you install, and this one didn't. And I really don't think someone is about to create a virus to take over my Linux PS3. So I just don't feel it's necessary to create a user profile just to appease a bunch of voyeurs. Sorry, getting a little testy, with all the flame war crap going on just because I followed instructions from Sony's own website and happened to capture it on video. I didn't claim to reinvent the wheel here. I don't spell my words with numbers, I don't add "xxor" to the last half of my words, and I never claimed to be a Linux god. I'm just the guy that took the picture, while reading a recipe. But I don't claim to have pulled off this hack by myself, I just used google, a little help from Sony, and I knew how to follow the links. I'll have a video explaining the entire process in detail, and then nobody really has to worry about me opening my face again. I guess I was better off not posting to blogs.
  • by Sillygates ( 967271 ) * on Monday November 20, 2006 @04:13AM (#16911652) Homepage Journal
    Since when were init scripts drivers? ....Also, I have my doubts the shown release of fedora compiles the kernel on boot, and that fast!

    It's pretty impressive that the playstation 3 is willing to run any generic ppc operating system, but I have my doubts that these systems will be completely adpoted by the /. community, at least until they come down in price.
  • by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Monday November 20, 2006 @06:01AM (#16912064)
    And there wasn't anything about the PS3 launch either. If you want to see impressions of how the Wii launch went, go over to Joystiq.com. Seems to be very positive though there are some critical comments about some of the games (especially Red Steel) and problems with the system itself (crashes, faulty discs).

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