148w ago - While graf_chokolo is busy working on returning PS3 OtherOS to the PlayStation 3 entertainment system and posting updates of his progress along the way, kmeaw shared a video of PS3 Linux on PlayStation 3 CFW 3.55 Custom Firmware today alongside AsbestOS Installer v0, v1 (for Fat PS3's), v1.1, v1.2, v1.3, v1.4, v1.5 and LV2 Patcher v9.
This tool installs AsbestOS, which can be used to boot Linux kernel from lv2patcher v9. Thanks to marcan for AsbestOS, Mathieulh and graf_chokolo for default.spp trick, geohot for dev_flash mount code. Thanks to jbc for testing and KingDong for the icon You would need to set up a DHCP, TFTP and NFS servers on your LAN to make it work. Wireless connection is not supported by AsbestOS yet. Have fun.
Here is what kmeaw had to say about it via IRC:
kmeaw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TtgnQDl7pU kmeaw: it is gentoo kmeaw: marcan's rootfs stuntcock: does your linux install have access to gameos from within linux and also to all spus? kmeaw: no kmeaw: it doesn't need usb stick kmeaw: linux has access to all spus kmeaw: gentoo is running from my laptop's hdd kmeaw: but if you change your kernel parameters then you can install it on ps3's hdd like marcan did Lush: is this a different approach than graf_chokolo? kmeaw: i don't change VFLASH GraFfiX: kmeaw:does X launch? kmeaw: haven't tried yet but I think of a reason why it shouldn't kmeaw: Xfbdev will definitely work kmeaw: in this video ps3 boots gentoo from the network via nfs kmeaw: laptop's harddrive partition is exported using nfs kernel server GraFfiX: is nfs efficient? GraFfiX: like speed-wise kmeaw: yes, i have a home NAS exported via nfs kmeaw: works faster for me than samba kmeaw: there are no full support for rsx yet kmeaw: s/are/is/ GraFfiX: kmeaw:do you see any reason why xbmc would not run when we have full rsx? stuntcock: someone has to code a driver for the video stuntcock: right kmeaw: no kmeaw: when we have full rsx support in linux drivers, then everything should work kmeaw: i have released asbestos installer kmeaw: however, it will need some network services configured (DHCP, TFTP and NFS) to make it work kmeaw: see marcan42's posts for more information kmeaw: note that asbestos requires lv2 patcher v9 kmeaw: it won't work with v8 kmeaw: http://www.multiupload.com/CTG9EZPAQ8 - debian squeeze with lxde graphical environment, bootable from usb disk on a ps3 kmeaw: latest version is v1.2 kmeaw: it can work without ethernet cable at all kmeaw: however it still supports ethernet booting for developers that would like to experiment with their own kernel builds
How to Install AsbestOS via Debian
1. install AsbestOS installer v1 or higher
2. partition a USB disk to have at least one partition (FAT-formatted);
3. unpack linux.img (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WLK1VNDR or http://www.multiupload.com/CTG9EZPAQ8) and put it into the root dir of usb disk;
4. run AsbestOS installer;
5. install lv2 patcher v9 or higher
6. attach an ethernet cable, connected to a network with a dhcp-server (just for the initial boot, it can be a SOHO router - just anything with DHCP);(NO LONGER NECESSARY IN ASBESTOS 1.2+)
7. run lv2 patcher and select "Linux";
8. as you see the fb console with penguins, you can unplug the ethernet cable;(NO LONGER NECESSARY IN ASBESTOS 1.2+)
9. login: ps3, password: ps3.
If you don't see anything, press Ctrl-Alt-F1, then Alt-F7.
That's all. Run Linux from lv2patcher v9 and see if it boots.
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no wireless isn't in either, the 1GB one is missing the ps3-utils package too. not a major issue you can just install it if you want it but if you want it more for anything else than testing I'd leave it for a while until grafs method is published. 1GB or even 2GB is really a drastic limit on the filesystem side and booting off external or sd card performance isn't exactly awesome.
And getting the wireless to work might require a kernel patch which is more complicated than it sounds if you haven't compiled your own kernel before.
I'm having a play at the minute trying to get Xubuntu to boot over the network if I get that running with wireless and all that I'll post a guide.
That's a link linuxv2.img: http://www.multiupload.com/MSPUHJIMUI to a 2GB version of the img with 800MB free, it runs a fairly stripped out filesystem to keep the size down so wifi isn't pre installed but thats nothing a bit of apt-getting wont solve. as for wired internet for using either version the steps are the same once logged in (user: ps3 pass: ps3) just open a terminal and type
1. su it'll ask for the password so type ps3 and press return
2. nano /etc/network/interfaces
3. in the file that opens you'll see 2 references to eth0 or eth1 just add 1 to the number so if it was eth0 before its now eth1 and if 1 before its now 2
4. press ctrl + x to close the file it'll prompt to save so say yes.
5. enter /etc/init.d/networking restart
and your ethernet connection will then be working. and the kernel versions I used were the ones linked here in the first post
ok quick update. I kept getting the same module index corrupt over the network boot using the tutorial (and the multiple copies posted over the web incase it was the upload) my desktop runs xubuntu and I couldn't figure out how to rebuild the module index using a different distro (filesystem is gentoo and the kernelsymbols aren't included)
The USB method does work but the v1.2 FAT asbestOS bootloader has the mounts all messed up so if you have a Fat PS3 with a card reader it'll only boot off memory stick pro and the v1.3 asbestOS loader crashed about 5 times on me at "scanning lv1" requiring a hard reset before it would complete (pretty sure if it gets past scanning lv1 it'll be ok it just takes a while but you'll know within about 10 seconds if it's frozen).
After getting v1.3 installed it did boot the linux.img from external and SD card but the bootloader has been compiled without large file support so it'll only support a max img size of 2GB (one linked in 1st post is 1GB).