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OtherOS pdaXrom-NG Linux via PS3 Live CD 20091201 Arrives

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239w ago - Wrapping up the year, some PS3 news we missed from earlier this month: Sashz has updated his Linux based OS Selector front-end dubbed pdaXrom-NG for PS3 to Live CD 20091201.

Unlike the previous release, it uses lxde as the desktop environment and PS3Boot is now included. To boot from CD, burn ISO image or unzip the archive to boot from a memory card.

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Update 20091201 features gcc 4.4.2 devtools and a Webkit-based browser (less memory usage).

Note: This will only work on PlayStation 3 entertainment systems that include OtherOS support, not the newer PS3 Slim versions unfortunately.

What's new:
• Midori 0.2.1 (WebKit based webbrowser)
• Ekiga 3.2.6 (SIP audio/video phone)
• Pidgin 2.6.3
• gcc 4.4.2
• kernel 2.6.31.6

Applications:
• Leafpad
• Terminal
• Image viewer
• mtPaint...
 

Sony Explains PS3 Slim's Loss of OtherOS and Linux Options

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257w ago - Recently we learned that the PS3 Slim didn't lose the OtherOS and Linux functionality due to a security hole, however, many were left wondering why Sony ditched them.

Today, TheRegister.co.uk (linked above) has a definitive answer- to cut costs and be able to pass the savings on to the consumer.

To quote: "A forum [Register or Login to view links] on Sony's official Linux for PlayStation 2 developer community sheds some new light on the feature's removal.

A Sony rep explained the company is simply unwilling to bear costs of maintaining the hypervisor used for OtherOS support across major hardware revisions. From the horse's mouth:

The reasons are simple: The PS3 Slim is a major cost reduction involving many changes to hardware components in the PS3 design. In order to offer the OtherOS install, SCE would need to continue to maintain the OtherOS hypervisor drivers for any significant hardware changes - this costs SCE. One of our key objectives with the new model is to pass on cost savings to the consumer with a lower retail price. Unfortunately in this case the cost of OtherOS install did not fit with the wider objective to offer a...
 

PS3 OtherOS & Linux to Remain in Old PS3s, No Security Hole

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257w ago - Today Sony's Satoshi Hashimoto, in an interview with [Register or Login to view links], confirmed that Sony will not be removing the OtherOS and Linux functionality in old (non-Slim) PlayStation 3 consoles.

Until now, many feared Sony would remove the functionality from older PS3 systems via PS3 Firmware 3.0 or a future update.

Additionally, he stated that there isn't an issue with the feature leaving a security hole with the system.

To quote Andriasang.com (linked above): "Rest assured, this will not happen. Sony's Satoshi Hashimoto, in an interview with Impress Watch, said that Sony will not be removing the feature, which he refers to as "Other OS functionality."

He also assured readers that there currently isn't a problem with the feature leaving a security hole with the system."
 

Video: LEU-Loader OtherOS v1.0 for PlayStation 3 Linux

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261w ago - This seems like intresting stuff going on.. LEU-Loader OtherOS v1.0 for PlayStation 3 Linux.

To quote, roughly translated: Some time ago we started this project, known as LEU (Launcher Emulators for USB), as you know I care for every detail to make it pleasant and comfortable to use.

To start LEU Linux as it is you need a BootLoader.. usually used in terminal mode type which makes text more compliacado use.

In our case this is, graphics adapters to the environment we want to LEU to reach wider audience and that people lose that fear of the word Linux.

BootLoader has very interesting things like:





• Power-Track Initiative SixAxis
• Recognizes LEUs icon which will be installed (USB)
• Recognizes disc, marking an installation disk icon
• Recognizes HDD with Linux installation
• And finally we have a very cool key indicators from the new XMB that is created from the code Petitboot.

The video that shows how the LEU Loader is being used in conjunction with RAW iSO.
 

OtherOS pdaXrom-NG Bootloader 0.1.2 r1 for PS3 Linux Available

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275w ago - This weekend Sashz has updated the previously-released OtherOS pdaXrom-NG Bootloader v0.1.2 with a new revision, dated 20090417.

Also updated to v0.2 is the [Register or Login to view links] by PS2Dev Jim Paris.

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Build 20090417 Changelog
• Sixaxis bluetooth joystick as mouse (for keyboard/mouse less systems)
• On screen keyboard

Applications
Accessories:
• Leafpad
• Terminal

Graphics:
• Image viewer

Internet:
• Firefox 3.0.8
• Pidgin 2.5.5
• Transmission
• XChat

Office:
• AbiWord
• Gnumeric
• ePDFViewer

Multimedia:
• Audacious
• Mplayer

Installation
 
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