Those of you using Linux to really put your PS3 through its paces are probably doing so through the underground community’s trusted Yellow Dog.
Well, there’s some new competition from Ubuntu, the highly acclaimed Linux distributor, which has released a new version of their popular operating system specifically for the Sony PlayStation 3.
For those of you still scratching your head, wondering what this Linux talk is all about, essentially it allows you to boot your PS3 into more of a desktop PC style mode, to check your email and browse the web – pretty much like a mini PC. Also, the PS3 doesn’t suffer from any of usability issues that the PlayStation 2 version may have had.
Installation of the new Linux operating system is very easy, all you have to do is use a Live CD method, which is a wizard tool. Go in the XMB of the PlayStation 3, then go to settings > system settings > format utility > format hard disk. From here, you can partition the hard drive to allow for the space needed for whichever Linux software you chose to use. Follow the steps and you will be up and running in no time.
Your PS3 sets itself to boot either Linux or PS3 OS by default, so you can switch back and forth but you need to reboot each time.
For more info, the review here from Eurogamer should help clear things up - they installed Fedora Core 5, another version of Linux that also runs well on the PS3: