PS2 Linux

David Gibson david at
Wed Sep 4 17:08:34 EST 2002

On Wed, Sep 04, 2002 at 04:58:10PM +1000, Terence wrote:
> Sony has put out a distribution of Linux called "PS2 Linux".
> They kit sells for $499 and includes
> - 40GB Maxtor HDD
> - 10/100 Ethernet
> - USB keyboard
> - monitor/audio adapter
> - 2 PS2 Linux DVDs
> It's worth noting that the PS2 only has 32MB of ram.
> I got my information from a small article on page 54 of this month's 
> atomic magazine.
> seeing that it will probably cose around $860 including console plus 
> kit, I would probably prefer the hacked xBox version which will only 
> cost me the price of an xbox plus a mod chip(?) Also I'm gonna assume 
> the xbox will be faster for most things. xbox also has twice as much ram.

However, I believe PS2 Linux, isn't really Linux running on the PS2
hardware - it's Linux running on an abstraction layer (hypervisor) on
the PS2.  This means that Linux cannot access some of the more
interesting bits of hardware.

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