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Linux not PS3’s OS |

PS3I recently read on one of the PS3 forums that Linux will be the default OS of the PS3. It’s a popular notion, probably only exacerbated by the fact that Mr. Kutaragi said that they might ship it on a HDD for the PS3. But that doesn’t make the big “L” OS the default OS. For example, Sony shipped it as an add-on kit for the PS2. But the PS2’s OS certainly didn’t start with the letter ‘L’. As a matter of fact, the PS2 didn’t have much of an OS at all to speak of, from what I understand.

But the PS3 does have an OS, and it’s not the big ‘L’ either. And it’s not Mac OS X either. It’s Sony’s own prorietary OS, from what I understand. It just doesn’t make sense to use a general purpose OS as a gaming console’s OS. There’s too much gunk in there that’s not needed, cluttering up disk space, memory, and processing power. Maybe a stripped-down, highly modified and targetted version of a general purpose OS, like the Xbox 360 is supposed to have. But that’s not Sony’s decision with the PS3. (However, my source may be wrong. Please correct me if this is the case.)

But that doesn’t mean that the PlayStation 3 can’t run operating systems beside its own. It can run any OS that is ported to the PS3 hardware. This will probably included Linux, of course. And man it would be cool if it also included Mac OS X. While theoretically possible, I somehow doubt it. 🙁

  • There are “stripped-down, highly modified and targetted version”s of Linux for the embedded space, which are (for instance) used in most routers and many other consumer devices with much less processing power and memory than the PS3. Sony will certainly have reasons for their decision, but not these…

  • That’s basically what I said. I said that they could do that, but that “that’s not Sony’s decision with the PS3.”

  • hotcarl

    I have heard, which doesn’t mean it’s true (as we’ve learned from much internet trash surrounding the ps3), that the hard drive (not the ps3 itself) will ship with a sony branded version of linux. This same OS supposedly is going to start shipping with sony’s laptops and such as well, take that MS. tis is all just rumors supported mostly on the fact that sony has been buying up rights to various linux distro’s.

    hot carl

  • I wonder how much we can actually do with the OS. Included browsers, e-mail, chat, etc…