Home > Linux > Yellow Dog Linux 6.0 Released Yellow Dog Linux 6.0 Released Eugenia Loli 2008-02-10 Linux 9 Comments Terra Soft has announced the release of Yellow Dog Linux 6.0 for Sony PlayStation 3, Apple G4/G5, and IBM System p, a CentOS and Fedora-based specialist distribution designed for the Power architecture. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2008-02-10 2:48 am amaze_9 There was a lot of hype surrounding PS3 Linux when the PS3 was released. We’ve heard very little of it recently – was it just another marketing point used by Sony? 2008-02-10 3:17 am zizban No, it wasn’t, but well else do you need to know? It’s there, supported and updated. 2008-02-10 11:04 am moondevil Supported?! It is not what this page says http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/support/hardware/sony-ps3.shtml As a PS2 Linux owner, I see Sony’s Linux support for the PS3 as a marketing trick. Where is the graphics support? How come it is an official supported OS, and only half of the hardware is really supported on the Yellow Dog distribution? We PS2 Linux owners know that the support used to be much better than what Yellow Dog provides for the PS3. Many people say that we should be glad just to have the opportunity to program the Cell processor. For me that is not enough. I want a Linux distribution for the PS3 that provides me the same hardware access that the PS2 Linux provides. 2008-02-10 5:17 pm zizban Well, it’s supported as well as Sony will allow it to be, I should have said. Sony wont Linux PS3 touch the graphics. 2008-02-10 5:23 am Nathan O. Oh, it’s there. The PS3 is just a low end, PPC-based computer with limited memory and this interesting feature where it has half a dozen processors that can do fast math like crazy. I’ve been watching to see what interesting apps develop from this interesting feature, but so far, it’s mostly a lot of success stories where so-and-so needed a super computer, bought X number of PS3s instead, and is now making scientific calculations on the cheap with great results, but their code won’t help anyone who isn’t (for example) calculating the trajectories of raindrops in a hurricane. There are a couple of cool things like toolkits and ray tracers, but nothing yet that turns the PS3 into a super cool server appliance or desktop wonder. 2008-02-10 7:39 pm santana Oh, you mean things like making PS3 a PVR, automatically driving a Jeep or calculating gravity waves or streaming games from your PC to PS3 in realtime? Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Aerospace Corp Argonne National Lab Astek Corp Columbia University Computational Research Labs, India Digital Video S.p.A Dream Works Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition General Dynamics Robotic Systems Georgia Institute of Tech, College of Computing Georgia Southern University Honeywell-Defense Avionics Systems Isilon Systems Los Alamos National Lab Lawrence Berkeley National Lab LG Electronics MIT Lincoln Lab Naval Post Grad School Naval Underseas Warfare Center Oak Ridge National Lab, DOE Purdue University SAIC Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory Stanford University University of Alaska University of Akron, Ohio University of Buffalo, New York University of California, CalTech University of California Davis, CS Department University of Delaware University of Kentucky, Center for Visualization University of Maryland, Laboratory for Physical Science (LPS) University of Minnesota University of North Carolina, Charlotte Uviversity of Utah Uppsala University, Department of Cell & Molecular Biology U.S. Army Research Lab U.S. Airforce Research Lab (AFRL) U.S. Food & Drug Administration U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center U.S. Naval Post Grad School Wright Patterson Airforce Base I’m sure this guys are finding lots of cool ways to use PS3, Cell blades and Linux. Not to mention that all standard Linux desktop software works on PS3. I don’t know what exactly did you expect. Linux on PS3 works really nice, works fast enough, installation is easy, and damn thing plays games too. All for 400$. It is probably not for every PS3 user out there, but there are quite few of us that find it really handy. 2008-02-10 8:41 pm moondevil What did I expect? Nothing much, just the same support they provided for the Playstation 2. With the Playstation 3, I’m not allowed to do this. http://playstation2-linux.com/coding-on-playstation2.php#developmen… Shame on you, Sony. 2008-02-10 2:37 pm Machster Gee, I wonder if this version will finally support my G5. Regardless of Terrasoft’s claims of hardware support, it has not been compatible with PowerMac. I’ll give it another try when it is released. 2008-02-11 12:28 pm Ishan The problem with $ony is they don’t want linux to access the full hardware, mainly to prevent it being used as an efficient media center. What they want is shove people’s throat with its own crappy contaminated with DRM excuse for a media player.