So, I toyed around with PS3 Linux this weekend (the girl had to go to a friend of hers, so I had some free time too^^)
I first toyed around with YDL, but I killed it quite fast after that, as I really don't like Red Hat based Distros...
Then I installed PSUbuntu (www.psubuntu.com), and I was awestruck... Compared to my Laptop it is rather slow, but configuring it right (using XFCE instead of Gnome, lowering the swap usage etc.) makes it really snappy^^
I tried compiling a new kernel (I am not a Linux pro, still learning) but I failed, because the 2.10 kernel broke some stuff. I wanted to have a new kernel, because that way, I could add Sixaxis Bluetooth support as well as UDF2.5 support (for BluRay). But the UDF2.5 patch breaks while applying... so no BD for now.
I then tested the speed of the CELL in a rather common manner... Ripping a DVD to Xvid... At first, I was a bit awestruck... 250fps (meaning, the movie would have been done in under 4minutes^^), but it only was a config error on my side. The normal Xvid/mp3 avi gave me ~10fps or so (but I am not sure, if the config was right either, I didn't have the nerve to play around anymore)... But keep in mind, mencoder is not optimized for Cell at all...
Now I wanted to test something more elaborate... Playing games... And what better to test than DosBox^^
Installed and configured, I tried to install Wing Commander 4... And it FREAKING WORKS. Sadly, it runs VERY bad, but it does run... WITH SOUND^^
If I find more time, I will update this thread with more info (maybe also on some other areas)
Kept you waiting
I want to put Linux on my PS3 at some point, and YDL gets a lot of mentions. Is there anything specific you didn't like about YDL?
Really, the only reason I want to put it on there is because I heard you can run emulators. But I guess it would be cool to learn a little bit about Linux while I'm doing it.
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The other thing is, the installation of YDL takes more than 2 hrs to complete... On Ubuntu, it takes less than an hour from first boot to full installation. The only "beef" is, that you have to manually configure the Ethernetport and the Screenresolution (easily done by a newbie).
Running emulators... Well, I tried, as I've said, only Dosbox yet (runs good and is available inside the original repositories), but I installed emulators for SNES, NES, GBA, AMIGA, MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) etc... without a hitch... In YDL you first have to manually add Red Hat ressources (which is a bit of a bitch, because it made me some trouble), which is not the case with Ubuntu.
VLC also runs quite well (playback of DVDs works, but I didn't get to play back any CSSed copies, as libdvdcss2 didn't seem to work). But I only tried one DVD as of yet. I will try some of my .mkv HD videos tomorrow.
I have high hopes for a good performance in PS1 emulation (especially since many of my games are imported and thus don't run natively on the PS3), since even my old 500Mhz K6-2 did manage to run Tekken 3 nearly at full speed (and the emulators got MUCH better ever since).
I hope Sony gives us GPU access some time. Not for gaming... not at all, but for other stuff like media playback, emulators (ok, games^^) and compiz.
Kept you waiting
Well atm I'm typing this through my PS3's browser using my keyboard and mouse
I bought them in preparation for installing linux on my PS3 so once the HDextender thing arrives and I'm all sorted out and ting, I'll be straight back onto here to let everyone know how my Linux experience went.
Wow, I forgot just how much faster I type using a keyboard than a controller!!!
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I've also tried to install linux (ubuntu) on my system. But I ran into problems with getting the wireless to work. I tried patching it with the latest kernel, but that didn't fix it. I'm not even sure I did it right, as I'm kind of new to linux..
Any suggestions on getting it to work? cause it would be nice to have a fully functioning pc in the living room..
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