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    Ubuntu for gaming?

    I have just brainstormed a revolutionary idea. A few years ago, Sony helped develop a Linux-based operating system to go onto the PlayStation 2; this operating system was called Linux for PS2. This kit consisted of the operating system, a keyboard, a mouse, a VGA adapter, an external hard drive and an ethernet cable.

    As Ubuntu software can go onto any PC that uses gaming and ordinary mice and keyboards, if those peripherals, an external hard drive, an ethernet cable and a VGA adapter were added to the popular games console, surely a Ubuntu operating system for games consoles would work?

    This operating system could have Internet functions to play games from online, and could play games of all platforms on that console. Ubuntu is currently the most popular Linux distribution going and it available to nearly all platforms so why exclude games consoles from the set?

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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    AFAIK, Linux for PS2 was added on the PS2 so that they can show off their CELL processor. Linux for PS2 was later removed with a firmware upgrade (I think). It's not that Ubuntu or Linux in general is not trying to get on consoles, it's the console hardware itself which is blocking people from modifying the software on it.
    In theory, you can install Ubuntu on an unpatched PS2 and use Ubuntu however you like on it, be it for browser games or other stuff.

    Although, if you are looking for an open gaming console based on Linux (In this case, Android) you could look at a project called OUYA
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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisiano View Post
    AFAIK, Linux for PS2 was added on the PS2 so that they can show off their CELL processor. Linux for PS2 was later removed with a firmware upgrade (I think).
    I believe your thinking of the PS3. The PS2 never came preloaded with Linux (although some clever folks did figured out how to hack Linux onto it). The PS2 didn't have a CELL proscessor, it just had a 64-bit MIPS R5900 CPU.

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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    option to run linux was removed as it enabled you to run cracked games i believe.
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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    Quote Originally Posted by ripps818 View Post
    I believe your thinking of the PS3. The PS2 never came preloaded with Linux (although some clever folks did figured out how to hack Linux onto it). The PS2 didn't have a CELL proscessor, it just had a 64-bit MIPS R5900 CPU.
    Sony released an official Linux for PS2 kit, Linux didn't come Pre-Loaded on the Ps2. You could purchase the kit from Sony, and it included a VGA adapter, a HDD (I believe it was 50gig... Don't quote me on that though.),
    Keyboard/Mouse, and a Linux-based OS on two DVDs. Oh yeah, and the network adapter which you could plug the hard drive into, and, of course, any other IDE drive that you may have laying about. .

    EDIT: Seems someone already linked you all to Wikipedia... Darnit Wikipedia.


    On another note, I'm really REALLY glad that Linux (and specifically Ubuntu) is getting all of this support in terms of games, specifically. It's almost to the point now where I'd feel comfortable deleting my Wintendo partition. Only a matter of time..
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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    YellowDog linux 6.1 and 6.2 is currently maintained for PS3 at the YellowDog boards forum. It supports dual-boot between XMB and YellowDog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripps818 View Post
    I believe your thinking of the PS3. The PS2 never came preloaded with Linux (although some clever folks did figured out how to hack Linux onto it). The PS2 didn't have a CELL proscessor, it just had a 64-bit MIPS R5900 CPU.
    Maybe... One of the PSs had a CELL CPU
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    Maybe Valve will use Ubuntu in Steam Box, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_%...e%29#Steam_Box
    There is Steam for Linux but I doubt they'll base it on Ubuntu, they might base it directly on Debian instead.
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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    I think Valve is currently planning to use a stripped down of Ubuntu for their console. There are a number of open source focused projects out there which use (or plan to use) Linux as the operating system for their console. If you do a search of Kickstarter you'll probably find a handful of these "Linux gaming console" projects.

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    Re: Ubuntu for gaming?

    Linux is getting a good grass roots movement going in the gaming world.

    As for the PS3, I think they got rid of optional linux install because people were using it to hack into other parts of the console they didn't want them to have access to. I seem to remember some project adding functionality that even Sony hadn't implemented yet.

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