Linux for PlayStation 3 Officially Announced
Terra Soft makes it official and announces release date, included software and more.
by Chris Roper
showUSloc=(checkLocale(‘uk’)||checkLocale(‘au’));document.writeln(showUSloc ? 'US, ’ : ‘’); October 17, 2006 - Terra Soft today announced that it will bring its Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 to Sony’s forthcoming PlayStation 3. This news makes Sony’s announcement of Linux support via the console 100% official and means that users will essentially be able to turn their gaming system into a fully-functioning computer, replete with whatever applications they feel like installing, be it for entertainment or business. According to Terra Soft’s website, Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 will be available in mid-November for the PlayStation 3, and then a version for Apple PowerPC systems will follow shortly thereafter.
Following the company’s standard release system, v5.0 will be made available in a three-phase product rollout. At launch, users of the company’s YDL.net service (which comes at a cost) will be able to download the OS to their computer and burn a bootable disc for installation on the PlayStation 3. Two weeks later, the company will offer ready-made installation discs for purchase through the site. Two weeks after that, it will be made freely available on public mirrors. In short, if you’re willing to wait one month after the system’s release, you’ll be able to download Linux for it for free.
Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 will come with both a single-click installation mode for casual users and an advanced installer for power users. In other words, Terra Soft aims to allow even Linux novices an extremely easy entry point to the OS, while also allowing veterans the ability to customize the system to their liking.
The OS, which is based upon Fedora Core 5, will ship with the following components:
<li nd=“2”>kernel 2.6.16
<li nd=“3”>gcc 3.4.4 and glibc 2.4
<li nd=“4”>Cell SDK 1.1
<li nd=“5”>OpenOffice.org 2.0.2
<li nd=“6”>FireFox 1.5.0 and Thunderbird 1.5.0
<li nd=“7”>Nautilus 2.1.4
A number of “personal accessories; development tools; sound and video, Internet and networking applications” will also ship with the package, though the press release does not disclose any specifics.