[sf-lug] yellow dog linux on sony playstation 3

Adrien Lamothe alamozzz at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 2 12:17:17 PST 2006

It is going to be the most powerful "consumer" Linux
box available, and likely the most powerful
workstation. I was surprised Terra Soft (makers of
"Yellow Dog Linux") was chosen, because they don't
have a great track record (not all their fault, trying
to get an OS to run on lots of different Macintosh
models is no easy feat.) Sony apparently chose Terra
Soft because of their expertise with the Power 5
architecture (the Cell processor, or "CBE", is an
extended Power 5.) We'll see how it works out.

This development also shows that, while IBM and Sony
are tight partners on the Cell, IBM doesn't want Sony
to use the IBM CBE Linux port. IBM is using CBE in
server blades right now. I'm looking forward to CBE in
laptops, but suspect it will be a while (a year?)
before that happens (but anything is possible.)



--- jim stockford <jim at well.com> wrote:

>     anybody know about this? I saw a news blurb
> to the effect that Yellow Dog released a PS3 linux
> within a week of the PS3 debut. If the machine is
> sufficiently extensible, it could be a "thumping"
> good linux platform.
> --------------------------------
>     summary of PS3 specs thanks to
> "Sony also confirmed the PlayStation 3 will use
> Blu-ray discs as its 
> media format. The discs can hold up to six times as
> much data as 
> current-generation DVDs. It will also support
> DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R formats. Sony also confirmed
> that the machine 
> will be backward compatible all the way to the
> original PlayStation. It 
> will also have slots for Memory Stick Duo, an SD
> slot, and a compact 
> flash memory slot. It will also sport a slot for a
> detachable 2.5-inch 
> HDD, somewhat similar to the Xbox 360's. Sony did
> not mention if the 
> drive would be standard.
> "Sony also laid out the technical specs of the
> device. The PlayStation 
> 3 will feature the much-vaunted Cell processor,
> which will run at 
> 3.2GHz, giving the whole system 2 teraflops of
> overall performance. It 
> will sport 256MB XDR main RAM at 3.2GHz, and it will
> have 256MB of GDDR 
> VRAM at 700MHz." 
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