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Thread: Sony Launches Linux for PS2

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    Smile Sony Launches Linux for PS2

    Sony Launches Linux for PS2
    By Mike Darrah
    Published January 30, 2002 @ 11:02 AM

    That's right kiddies, forget all the pre-release hype, Sony has announced that the real deal will finally be here in May 2002.
    Sony announced the availability of Linux for PlayStation(R)2 at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2002 with the launch of release 1.0 of the 'Linux (for PlayStation 2)' kit targeted at Linux developers.

    Sony announced that they have also put together a web site ( )for the latest up to date information on Linux for PlayStation 2. The site will also serve as a destination for the community of developers working on applications for the new OS port.

    The Linux (for PlayStation 2) kit is reported to retail for $199 will include the following:

    Internal hard disk drive for PlayStation 2 (HDD) with 40 GB capacity

    Network Adaptor (Ethernet) (for PlayStation 2) with 100 Base T Ethernet interface

    Linux Kernel version 2.2.1 (with USB device support)

    Linux (for PlayStation 2)'' Version 1.0 software distribution on two DVDs

    gcc 2.95.2 and glibc 2.2.2 with VU assemblers

    XFree86 3.3.6 with PlayStation 2 GS support

    Computer monitor adaptor (for PlayStation 2) (with audio connectors)

    USB Keyboard and mouse (for PlayStation 2)
    Requirements for utilizing the kit are a standard North American PlayStation 2 (Models Numbers SCPH 30001, SCPH 30001R, SCPH 35001GT), a 8MB Memory Card (for PS2), and a VESA compatible monitor. Because the kit will run the PS2 at a resolution of 1024 x 768 resolution in XGA, most standard TV's will not support the display output from the kit. This creates the requirement for a VESA compatible monitor with green on sync compatibility.

    The kit will be sold exclusively through Sony's web site,


    Seems some serious weight is going to be added to the Linux cause

    Which can only be a good thing! ! !

    Found thright here ]here[/URL]

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    For some reason the URL link did not work on the original post
    So here it is.;$sessionid$KM4OBDPOQH2UZTN24UYBCZY?articleid=9178

    If that doesn't work, the article is on

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    Go linux that is cool thanks for the info


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    why would u need 2 dvds thats like 12 gigs i dont think 2 many linux distros are that big think about it

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    Nice - hmmmm wonder if it'll ever reach the uk?


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    It's suppose to get into the UK soon, retail price ~200.
    At least, that's what I've heard.
    Impressed it does not look that much of a rip off. Shame the screen isn't too good.
    Will there be anyway to put an adaptor from the PS2 to use a standard computer screen with a VGA plug?
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    a console turned into a linux box...... this could get interesting

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