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    Default OpenSuSE on Playstation 3?

    Hello all!

    I am planning to buy PS3 and install OpenSuSE on it. It would not be just for games, I see it more like media center.

    Anyway, it would be my main machine besides Toshiba Satellite laptop. In general, I would use it for Internet, instant messaging, music, videos, sometimes office stuff, rarely gimp, inkcape and some c++ coding.

    So I would like to know how good OpenSuSE acts on PS3? How good is performance? Some advantages and disadvantages of using Linux on PS3.

    Thank You very much in advance!

    Alex

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    Thats a joke? What hardware is in the PS3?
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    Default Re: OpenSuSE on Playstation 3?

    Internet, instant messaging, music
    and that's where you should stop.

    Linux can't make use of all the hardware in the PS3 and it has very little RAM. Don't expect it function as a PC, you'll end up disappointed.

    Stick to your laptop, unless it's from like before 1998 it most likely outperforms the PS3.

    Make sure you read PS3 - openSUSE and the links at the bottom of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axeia View Post
    and that's where you should stop.

    Linux can't make use of all the hardware in the PS3 and it has very little RAM. Don't expect it function as a PC, you'll end up disappointed.

    Stick to your laptop, unless it's from like before 1998 it most likely outperforms the PS3.

    Make sure you read PS3 - openSUSE and the links at the bottom of it.
    Yeah, I supposed there are certain limitations, that's the main reason I opened this thread.

    Anyway, thank you very much for your reply, it was really helpful.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE on Playstation 3?

    > I am planning to buy PS3 and install OpenSuSE on it. It would not be
    > just for games, I see it more like media center.


    So what is missing exactly from the base PS3 OS?
    You can do picture slideshows, play movies surf the web, listen and organize
    music.... Personally I don't see the need to muck up your PS3. Get one and
    find out what it can do first.



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    Default Re: OpenSuSE on Playstation 3?

    If you have a pc with a vga-chip with 3D support in linux, you can play all of the free games in the game package...ok its not the same like PS3 but...its free!
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    @GofBorg

    I know what PS3 can do. The thing is I wanted to know how general purpose OS behaves on PS3, that is why I wrote all the things I plan to do on it.

    @Caleb_XI

    You wrote it yourself - its not the same like PS3. The only game I really care about is GranTurismo.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE on Playstation 3?

    > I know what PS3 can do. The thing is I wanted to know how general
    > purpose OS behaves on PS3, that is why I wrote all the things I plan to
    > do on it.


    Everything I have read about running any other OS on the PS3 equates to lame
    performance. The memory architecture of the PS3 is a very esoteric piece
    of hardware and has shown poor performance as a general purpose computing
    device. Just let the PS3 be a PS3, build yourself a SFF pc if you want a
    media center device that does things the PS3 doesn't....or post on Sony's
    forums your desires and maybe they will add the features to the base OS.

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    Hold on - did all these people reply to the thread, without even one of them having installed OpesSUSE on PS3.
    Here a real life experience then. OpenSUSE 11.1 install fairly easy in PS3. Some intelligent guy made a driver that exposes the PS3 videomemory to be used under the hypervisor in some intelligent form - huge advantage from earlier versions. That means you can install and run a desktop (I installed KDE4.1 as on the DVD) and one progam with reasonable performance, if you open openoffice and firefox at the same time, and change program, you will suffer swapping bad performance. Find also the memory tuning hints written by a guy on IBM - even though he refers to fedora :-/
    Right now I am going to rip KDE off (though I am a KDE fan) and try Xfce, and start getting Xfce 4.6 to work somehow. Speaking of performance - anyone wants to start encourageing OpenSUSE to be able to boot and run off a memory stick on PS3. If you run on a 16G memory stick, performance would be awesome no?

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    >>one progam with reasonable performance, if you open openoffice and firefox
    >>at the same time, and change program, you will suffer swapping bad
    >>performance.

    You confirmed everything that was said.
    The answer is yes it can be done, but for most uses, it's just a waste of
    time.

    >>Speaking of performance - anyone wants to start encourageing OpenSUSE to
    >>be able to boot and run off a memory stick on PS3. If you run on a 16G
    >>memory stick, performance would be awesome no?

    Again, if it runs badly when installed on the drive, what improvement is
    there running off of USB? At last check the USB real world data transfer
    rate is nowhere near that of SATA. So yes, booting from memory would in
    theory be nice, it is still hamstrung via USB. While it's a novel idea and
    a little bit of technical fun, its real world use is bordering on
    fiction...like booting Vista on a 386.


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