I got linux fedora core 5 working.
if linux boots and ends at a terminal screen before going into "the OS" (i'm assuming you mean gnome window manager) type startx at the first prompt (not the kboot pause)
type boot-game-os any terminal to go to ps3 xmb.
cool thing is i don't have an hdtv yet and fedora works, although the refresh rate makes it look a little weird, on my regular 40 inch sdtv.
i have a reciever set up with dolby digital and dts though, and with the fiber optic audio cable I have, after configuring it right, it makes XMB sounds and plays music but then resistance has no sound when i go in. weird but oh well.
only problem with fedora so far is I can't get internet working. it doesnt seem to know there is a wireless card in the 60gb ps3 I have, but I plugged directly into the router and will make sure firefox works right.
I have no idea if fedora sound works yet, i'm waiting to get a version of vlc working (yum install not working yet because I don't have linux internet working) before I run sound and video speed tests on different inputs like 720p mkv king kong and x264 avis and divx and other fun stuff. I know i dont have an hdtv yet but i figure if it can process the video it works.
Anybody have anything they want me to install on fedora and try out? if so tell me a couple basic steps, especially cuz I am a linux newbie and rpm installing doesnt seem to be working right after transferring the tar.gz to the ps3.
Oh BTW another cool thing that works is that after opening my 80gb external HD and replacing it with a 200gb and filling it up with crap and formatting it with ntfs, linux automatically recognizes it and lets me browse (haven't checked if it is just read or read/write yet though). When i installed fedora core 6 on my desktop a week ago I had to install linux-ntfs to browse the ntfs usb drive, so I don't know what makes ps3 fedora core 5 automatically recognize it.
If there isn't any vlc player made for PowerPC, does anyone know how to manually update the totem media player or helix with new codecs like x264 or divx/xvid?