Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Jun 2013 15:20 UTC, submitted by sheokand
Games Pretty cool stuff: the PlayStation 4 apparently runs on a version of FreeBSD 9.0 modified by Sony and renamed to 'Orbis OS'. Second generation developer kits use GNU GRUB to boot, and allow you to boot into a graphical or a console mode. Not much else is known at this point, but it's a fun bit of information, and perhaps a boon to homebrew developer and hackers.
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Comment by tingo
by tingo on Mon 24th Jun 2013 16:54 UTC
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Interesting, very interesting.

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RE: Comment by tingo
by Lobotomik on Tue 25th Jun 2013 15:13 in reply to "Comment by tingo"
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I have always thought that the OS in the PS3 was a BSD. Because, what else?

Not Linux, to be sure, it does not mesh with their attitude (though they do use it on TV sets and stuff like that). And not Windows, even more surely: expensive and Microsoft!

It could be something like VxWorks, but why pay a humongous lot of money for licensing and support when you can just grab something that is available free as in beer? Something with good support for internet, encryption, bluetooth, USB, Wifi, audio, the works. And for developers, Unix expertise is widely more available than for weird proprietary RTOS's; not that they cared much about developers with the PS3, that is true, but still.

Any bets?

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