Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2017 23:47 UTC

Marcan42 of Fail0verflow fame was at the CCC33 event this year, to explain how Fail0verflow exploited the PS4 hardware in order to run Linux on the PS4.

The presentation goes back to all the pain the hackers had to go through in order to make Linux compatible with the PS4 architecture, which Marcan42 described several times throughout the presentation as "not being a PC" as it lacks lots of the legacy architecture bits required for a computer to constitute what is known today as an IBM compatible PC.

Be sure to watch the actual presentation. It's quite informative and detailed.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by darknexus on Tue 3rd Jan 2017 18:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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PS4 would be an awesome form factor for a Steam Machine.

Too bad it's as limited as the SteamBox.
For me, my reaction is more like "now what?" You've made a PS4 with tons of games into a steam machine that can't even run most Steam games. Okay... what happens when Sony requires a firmware upgrade to use it as they did with the PS3? All that work undone. It's a cool hacking job and interesting in and of itself in that way, but it's not really practical. If you want a Steam machine, there are much easier ways to accomplish that.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by chithanh on Tue 3rd Jan 2017 21:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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steam machine that can't even run most Steam games.

While technically true, the situation is not as bad as this comment seems to suggest.
Out of the Steam top 100 grossing games for 2016, 42 are available for Linux.

I expect this situation to further improve in 2017.

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