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

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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by JLF65 on Fri 6th Jan 2017 21:41 UTC
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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.


Actually, if you can run linux and SteamOS on it, it's a PC. Just because it's missing some of the old backwards compatibility hardware doesn't mean it's no longer a PC. Hell, every new generation of x86_64 processor and MOBO chipset removes a bit more of that old BC hardware. Most new MOBOs don't even have IDE ports anymore, and most don't have parallel or serial ports.

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