linux ps2 kits

Richard Cottrill richard_c at
Tue May 28 23:21:19 EST 2002

I saw one up and running and they're pretty nifty. I kicked off an argument
between the Sony rep and an Gamecube developer (I forget the game)...
Basically they were saying that the PS2 has a wimpy CPU, and two
co-processors. The rep said she was pretty sure PS2 Linux doesn't hit the
co-processors - leaving you with a wimpy box.

Somebody benchmarked it using some tool or other; but I'm not sure how it
came down (I saw the numbers but they didn't stick in my head as
meaningful). I raised the question of whether the co-processors could be
used for other stuff than floating-point and drew a 'maybe...'. I guess some
energetic person may figure out how to use the co-processors - apparently
the only bit they haven't released doco for is the IO interface (to make
piracy harder). I guess you could bastardise the SMP code for the task.

If people are going to tinker with IO; I figure they'll also head for
whatever Sony have added to the drive (standard IDE + "something").

Apparently the call for Linux on PS2 has been pretty quiet relative to the
vocal demands from the Japanese market. The Sony rep basically said that
Linux is doing very well in Japan and Microsoft never really got a firm hold
there. By her account Linux is something of a phenomenon in Japan.

Just more inane ramblings.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-admin at [mailto:linux-admin at]On
> Behalf Of Paul Bryan
> Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 1:29 PM
> To: linux at
> Subject: Re: linux ps2 kits
> I'd like to know what this is all about.
> My housemate has a PS2 but he's from Wagga and hasn't brought down yet.
> I'll keep hassling though...
> On 28-May-2002 Gary Woodman wrote:
> > --- John Griffiths <john at> wrote:
> >> has anyone else put an order in for linux ps2 kits?
> >
> > Not so far...
> >
> >> anyone interested in sharing knowledge when they arrive?
> >
> > It's been quite a while since the kids and I were interested in the
> > same hardware... I don't think we've *ever* been interested in the same
> > software!
> >
> > So yes, I'm interested, not ready to commit funds just yet but I have
> > some time for leg work or finger work... Linux continues to pop up all
> > over the place, and I think it's in everyone's best interests that we
> > encourage and support people who are making the jump off the
> > juggernaut.
> >
> > Gary
> >
> >
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