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[Engadget] OtherOS++ brings Linux back to the PS3, taunts Sony

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Mourn no more PS3 owners: what Sony hath taken away, the hacker community has given right back. The team at Gitbrew.org have returned Linux to the Cell-based gaming console with OtherOS++, which boasts a number of benefits over Sony's official stab at supporting other operating systems. For one, Linux is no longer relegated to a performance-degrading virtual machine and has full access to the PS3 hardware, and two, it works on both old-school "fat" models and the newer "slim" ones. We warn you, though -- this install is not for the faint of heart, and some older models that use NAND flash instead of VFLASH aren't compatible (check against this list). If you're undeterred, hit up the source link for downloads, instructions, and (most importantly) to stick it to the man.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/06/otheros-brings-linux-back-to-the-ps3-taunts-sony/

More info here: http://gitbrew.org/otheros/

Sony you've accomplished nothing.
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This news story is worthless without some demonstrations.

Not to be coy, but I want a reason to add linux to my PS3.
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I actually feel bad for Sony atm.
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Ah so now the 0.5% of jailbreakers can get what they wanted. Awesome.
   
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post #5 of 66
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Originally Posted by Rian;13405010 
Ah so now the 0.5% of jailbreakers can get what they wanted. Awesome.

More like the .005% of PS3 owners that wanted OtherOS.
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More like the .005% of PS3 owners that wanted OtherOS.

I used Ubuntu on the PS3 like 2 years ago. I honestly don't see why anyone would want that, It's horrid, Not Ubuntu, Just the hardware.
   
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More like the .005% of PS3 owners that wanted OtherOS.

Haha guess i'm in the minority, Sony taking away the other os persuaded me not to buy one. Now I'm just going to reuse some old hw for a htpc
     
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I used Ubuntu on the PS3 like 2 years ago. I honestly don't see why anyone would want that, It's horrid, Not Ubuntu, Just the hardware.

HTPC. OtherOS didn't have access to the GPU for hardware acceleration but OtherOS++ will provide full access to the GPU.
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What could you even do with the other OS on the PS3?
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Originally Posted by Rian;13405087 
I used Ubuntu on the PS3 like 2 years ago. I honestly don't see why anyone would want that, It's horrid, Not Ubuntu, Just the hardware.
That's because, before, the OS didn't have access to the hardware directly, but instead through a virtual system type software layer.

Now it's direct access.
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