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I can assure you, the Linux community will not go down without a fight. I personally hope Sony keeps the OtherOS feature. How many of you use Linux on your PS3? I did for a while, then I removed it since I didn’t use it much. But I like the option to do so. When I eventually upgrade my hard drive, I’d like to put Linux on there.
This post came from the YellowDog Linux forums:
“Everyone, I’ve caught a rumor from a reputable source that the next firmware update for old PS3s will remove the OtherOS feature… I’m not sure if it’s true or not but it’s in the best interest of the YDL community to spread the word.”
Spread the word if you don’t want to see Linux support axed on the PS3.
I have always been a fan of ps3blog.net and wanted to do a guest review on some folks who happen to be in my backyard:Fixstars.
Having a chance to beta test the CodecSys encoder, I wanted to share my thoughts and be the town herald on this so to speak. I haven’t seen much press on it (outside Japan) but it’s definitely newsworthy. Now on to the review.
Recently I have had the opportunity to test out the CodecSys CE-10 H.264 encoding software for the PS3 created by Fixstars, and the results are nothing short of astounding. By utilizing the power of the cell processor in the PS3, the video encoding world is changing.
The installation and set-up was a breeze. Essentially you’re installing a Linux OS on your PS3 (as YDL was sold to Fixstars). After installing the “other os” on the PS3 and setting it as default, you reboot the PS3. Once you reboot the PS3. You’re greeted with YDL/Fixstars screen on your PS3 with a message that states the “CodecSys CE-10 accelerator has started”
After this is completed you install the CodecSys software on the PC. It functions in a client/server type relationship. You load up the file on the PC, it communicates with the PS3, sends the data over, and then sends it back over to the PC. All my tests were performed on Core2 Duo Processor with a Gigabit LAN. So after installing and initializing the program the program launches and attempts to find the PS3:
After the PS3 is contacted, you’re greeted with an encoding screen where you can import your media into to the encoder.
For the purposes of this test, I wanted to take one of my favorite films and re-encode the video. Soldier:
This June the PS3 will get a H.264 encoder. But you’ll need linux installed on your PS3. Hit the link for more details.
You can download YDL 6.1 here, it’s 3.49 GB. If you install it let us know how it is.
I actually don’t have Linux on my PS3 anymore, but next year I’d like to upgrade my hard drive again to a 300 GB or so and put Linux back on. While I had Linux (Ubuntu actually) I didn’t use it much. But lately I wish I did have it just for general web browsing and chatting when the wife is using the other PC. Because the PS3 web browser still needs work. Sony just put Firefox on it and call it good.
I’m not sure if I’ll go with Yellow Dog Linux or Ubuntu. Ubuntu offers more support than Yellow Dog Linux. But YDL is made specifically for the PS3. Anyway here are the primary updates to YDL, and it’s now available for download.
“For end users, Yellow Dog Linux v6.1 offers an updated Firefox and OpenOffice.org, a vastly improved graphical wireless configuration tool, and the introduction of ps3vram functionality which enables use of PS3 video RAM for temporary storage or swap.”