Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Dec 2010 23:27 UTC
Games Sometimes, it's good to reminisce. To look back upon what came before us, in order to better understand what lies ahead. Last week, I bought a piece of computing history I missed out on, a piece I've desperately been wanting to have for a long time now. I bought what is most likely the best selling computer of all time.
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Playstation was just a console (i.e. a "dedicated computer")...

All purpose computers are something different from a console.

Consoles usually are not expandable with more RAM, or expansion cards.

Also usually even big consoles as PS2 and PS3 lacks in amount of video-RAM that is a vital hardware to make a console to act really as an all-purpose computer.

So even if some talented hacker geeks manage to run Computer Operating Systems on modern consoles thanks to the fact that these have enough horsepower, then the computer OSs usually run with many limitations or major leaks on the poor "little" console.

Best selling computer of all times was Commodore C)64 with 10 millions or 12 millions of units sold...

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Have you had any real experience with the original "fat" PS2 or the original Xbox? The former had the ability (supported by Sony) to run a full Linux distro and run it well. The latter was an honest-to-goodness x86 PC, specifically a 733MHz Pentium III, that could also run a few Linux and BSD systems, as well as XBMC.

I'd say those two are great examples of just how close to general-purpose computing one can come with a console.

Oh, and I almost forgot: I had NetBSD and Linux booting and running just fine on my Dreamcast eight years ago. With the ability to use a keyboard and mouse without any hardware modification this was very much like having an ultra-compact general purpose PC on a big screen. I loved it!

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