How To: Install Linux on Your PS3!

Okay, so you are one of the lucky few who got their grubby little hands on a PS3…good for you! You've played all the games, watched Talladega Nights on Blu Ray, and even viewed pictures of your latest trip to the zoo (to visit your mother in law) on your HD TV. Having done all […]

Okay, so you are one of the lucky few who got their grubby little hands on a PS3…good for you! You’ve played all the games, watched Talladega Nights on Blu Ray, and even viewed pictures of your latest trip to the zoo (to visit your mother in law) on your HD TV. Having done all of this, you are only left with one monstrous question…what the hell am I going to do until Heavenly Sword comes out? Well, if you are a tech geek like me, one of the most interesting things that you heard when they were announcing features for the PS3 was that it was going to be fully capable of running other operating systems, namely Linux. Well, with the release of Yellow Dog Linux 5.0, the Playstation 3 has taken its first steps on fulfilling this promise. This guide will help you install the open source OS on your system where you can take advantage of built in features such as Open Office (does all the same fun stuff as Microsoft Office), FireFox, and GAIM.

Before you get started, you should grab a couple things that will make your life easier.

1. USB mouse and keyboard

2. USB Drive, Memory Card or Blank CD

3. Blank DVD

4. Two or three cans of Mountain Dew

Step One

If you are wondering where you can get your hands on Yellow Dog, Terra Soft will provide the OS for free on their public mirror sites in a few weeks, but if you want it now you will either have to pony up some bucks. Once you download the ISO file, you will have to burn it to a DVD. Any program will work, I used DVD Decrypter and it worked great.

Step Two

You while you are downloading and burning the ISO file you can go ahead and do a couple of things will get you ready for the big install. First of all, you are going to have to partition your hard drive to make room for the dog. Before you do this, make sure to back up your game saves onto a memory card or USB hard drive as they really will be gone after you do this. Once that is done, all you have to do is go to:

Settings===>System Settings===>Format Utility===>Format Hard Disk

You will be faced with some options at this point. Unfortunately, you can’t just do a fifty fifty split between both systems, you will have to choose which one gets 10GB, and which gets the other. If you have a 20GB system, unless you choose to give the 10GB to the otheros, you will not be able to do a full install of YDL, so your best bet is to give it and get going. If you have the 60, I would recommend giving the 10 to Linux, as there are rumors that you will be able to add external hard drives and with only 10GB for the GameOS, you will not be able to download too many demos or whatever.

Once you finally hit Yes to format your system will do go ahead and do it and then reboot with everything you had gone…so sad…I hope you backed up your gamesaves like I told you to!

The second thing that you are going to have to do is download some things off the net that will allow the boot and install to happen. They are both rather small files and are free to grab from the websites listed below. They are:

The “bootloader