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Installing Linux on PS3

Installing Linux on PS3


Sony PS3 love linux…

These instructions show you how to install LINUX on a Playstation 3 with the latest firmware.

Downloading a #Linux flavor

Download one of these #Linux versions:

  • Kubuntu – Ubuntu with KDE (recommended I can’t stand GNOME desktop)
  • Ubuntu – The standard version using Gnome Desktop.
  • Xubuntu – Using the lightweight XFCE desktop environment
  • Edubuntu – Designed for use in school classrooms
Yellow Dog
Fedora Core 5 PPC DVD – 3.4GB

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Gentoo linux
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Burn the iso-file onto a CD/DVD depending on the size of the distribution

Preparing the PS3

In this step we will format the PlayStation 3 and create two partitions, one for the XMB (the PS3 operating system) and one for Linux. Before formatting the PS3, you MUST backup your games saved data.

  • In the XMB go to Settings > System Settings > Format Utility > Format Hard Disk. Choose Yes.
  • Choose Custom partition setting and Allot 10GB to the Other OS. Perform a Quick Format.
  • Reboot the PS3 by pressing X on your controller.

Preparing to run the LiveCD

  • Insert the Linux CD/DVD you burned into your Playstation 3.
  • Go to Settings > System Settings > Install Other OS.
  • The system will detect a file called otheros.bld on your disk. Hit X to start the installer.
  • Go to Settings > System Settings > Default System. Set it to Other OS. Restart your PS3 by clicking X.
  • At the kboot: prompt, hit Enter. Linux will boot, slowly, from the CD.

Once the system is up and running from the disc, you may choose to install Linux permanently.

  • Double click the install icon on the desktop.
  • Select Manual partitioning, and choose the 10.7GB drive.

Back to normal operations under XMB

To boot back to the XMB environment, type boot-game-os at the kboot: prompt.

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.