News - Sony to sell Linux kits for PlayStation 2

Neil Pickford neilp at
Thu Jan 31 21:04:26 EST 2002

Thought this was interesting - Just waiting for a PS2 to show
up at a CLUG meeting

Neil Pickford - VK1KNP


Sony to sell Linux kits for PlayStation 2

By Reuters
January 29, 2002, 11:20 PM PT

TOKYO--Sony said Wednesday that it would start selling Linux operating 
system kits for Linux programmers in coming months to allow Linux 
applications to run on its PlayStation 2 game console.
The consumer electronics giant said it would begin selling disks to 
install Linux on PlayStation 2 and tools to develop Linux applications.

The kits will go on sale in Japan in May and in the United Sates and 
Europe in June.

"Many Linux fans have requested that they would like to execute 
applications not only on personal computers but also on PlayStation game 
consoles," a Sony representative said.

The kits will cost $188.30 in Japan, $199 in the United States and $215 
in Europe.

Linux, which competes with Microsoft's Windows, is an open-source model 
and has become a popular master computer program.

Sony aims to expand the role of PlayStation as a technology and allow
applications such as word processing.

Sony said the kits also included an internal 40GB hard drive and USB 
(universal serial bus) keyboard and mouse.

Story Copyright © 2002 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

More information about the linux mailing list