Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 12:59 UTC, submitted by NiceGuyEddie
Games The PlayStation 3 Slim already had an ability penalty of -35 Geekiness because of its lack of the "Install Other OS" option, and now the regular PlayStation 3 will follow in its footsteps. A PS3 firmware update, scheduled to land April 1, will disable this option on regular PS3s as well. This, dear readers, is what we in the business call a "testicle move", especially since only a few weeks ago, Sony bold-facedly claimed the feature would not be removed.
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RE[3]: April Fools?
by Jondice on Tue 30th Mar 2010 04:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: April Fools?"
Jondice
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2006-09-20

Why did it suck? Because Sony restricted its access to memory (only half of the available RAM), the GPU, and many other things.

It could have been a great system if only Sony had not restricted it from the start. And even average joes would have used it if it had been shipped an integrated with the system. People use linux on devices every day and don't even know it.

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RE[4]: April Fools?
by viton on Tue 30th Mar 2010 11:48 in reply to "RE[3]: April Fools?"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Because Sony restricted its access to memory (only half of the available RAM)
This is not true. And actually Linux can use much more memory than GameOS because it is possible to use videomemory as swapfile.

the GPU
GPU is nVidia IP. Do you ever saw they disclose anything?

many other things.
Can you be more detailed?

And even average joes would have used it if it had been shipped an integrated with the system.
PS3 Linux is for CELL developers, not for average joe. And GPU (under low-end by todays standards) is totally irrelevant thing here.

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RE[5]: April Fools?
by Jondice on Tue 30th Mar 2010 13:10 in reply to "RE[4]: April Fools?"
Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

Because Sony restricted its access to memory (only half of the available RAM)
This is not true. And actually Linux can use much more memory than GameOS because it is possible to use videomemory as swapfile.

This was only a result of the work done by hackers trying to use the RSX. Sony prevented the RSX exploits but used the work of the hackers for extra VRAM.

I cannot find the reference about memory and cannot check my PS3 at the moment.

the GPU
GPU is nVidia IP. Do you ever saw they disclose anything?


Not as open source, but if Sony had given unrestricted access, some may have made progess via the Nouveau driver. Alternatively Sony could have actually backed Linux and worked with Nvidia to release a driver, if they had shipped Linux in a usable form with the PS3. In your other post you claimed that reasonable 2d acceleration could be achieved with a single SPE, which I don't doubt, but what bothers me more than that is a lack of OpenGL. This makes using many Linux 3d applications impossible or very difficult.


And even average joes would have used it if it had been shipped an integrated with the system.
PS3 Linux is for CELL developers, not for average joe. And GPU (under low-end by todays standards) is totally irrelevant thing here.

Yes, in its current state I realize what it was intended for now; I'm saying it could have been usded for much more. The RSX is based on an Nvidia 7800, which is certainly more than enough for many 3d applications and games.

Edited 2010-03-30 13:12 UTC

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