PS3 Do you own one?

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    - I am wondering how fast the ps3 can run linux and in theroy to what specs would the ps3 compare to in a computer?

    - The only limiting factor I can think of is the ram.
     
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Its slow as anything with Linux.

    Its meant to run the XMB (Right?)
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why run linux on the ps3 when you can on your mb?
     
  4. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    I own the 60GB one. Never installed Linux on it, but have heard some good reviews from people that have though. Give it a shot, if anything you could always just reformat.
     
  5. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Why not, it would be different, and possibly the processing power would be useful?
     
  6. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I've never used one for a prolonged time but it seemed dogslow. It's not a 3ghz super computer running Linux, it's reminiscent of a much older machine.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    well ive heard it is pretty bad but have at it
     
  8. Seismo macrumors newbie

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    I have a PS3 but haven't run Linux on it. You can get a more capable Linux box for $400 than the PS3.
    That being said, the PS3 is an excellent media server, blu-ray/dvd player, and oh yeah...a game console.
     
  9. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Ive ran Ubuntu and Yellow Dog on linux... my suggestion: don't. Wow talk about slow, to give you an example you can't even play super nintendo roms on the thing.
     
  10. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    Well since you can only use 256mb of the RAM... yeah... not worth it.
     
  11. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    it's not slow - it's just that the OS isn't coded to take full advantage of the cell processor in the PS3... in benchmarks it's equivalent to a 500-800MHz processor.. and with today's Operation Systems... that's nothing.
     
  12. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Agreed! LOL
     
  13. Vivid.Inferno macrumors 6502

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    I just traded in my 360 for a ps3. Never thought of installing something like Linux on it though.
     
  14. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Well in my book if it benchmarks at the equivalent of a 500-800 mhz processor its slow. :p

    I don't think we even have access to RSX in linux, some mexican linux hack apparently takes advantage of it before Sony does.
     
  15. trule macrumors 6502

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    The primary limiting factor is the CPU for general tasks. Its main core is a simple POWER processor running at around 2.8GHz that that core has a relatively slow memory interface. The remaining 6 cores are very fast at what they do and have specialised memory access, however you need specific applications to take advantage of that. They are still clocked at 2.8GHz but there is a lot more going on in those chips that just GHz.

    Basically you would only bother to run linux on it if you wanted to use (or write) specalised software that takes full advantage of the CELL processor and its 6 specalised cores. Or you don't have another computer.
     
  16. nobunaga209 macrumors 6502a

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    While we're on the subject...er sorta. Any of you mac/ps3 owners play anything online on your 3's? I'm ALWAYS on MK vs. DC Universe, NCAA Football, Rock Band 2, and Street Fighter 4.
    Gamer tag same as username: nobunaga209
     
  17. Fake Hipster macrumors member

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    Sigh, out of college=no spending money for toys like that. One day...
     
  18. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yeah that's exactly what i said. it's slow....
     
  19. doubleohseven macrumors 6502a

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    I own an 80GB PS3...the newer one that can't play PS2 games.

    Running Linux on my PS3 is something I don't want to do...Apparently the PS3 only has 256MB of RAM, so I'm assuming that Linux would run slow on it...unless you upgrade the RAM.

    Besides, I got my Mac! :D
     
  20. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    From experience, it's extremely slow and not worth it unless you're wanting to rip Blu-ray discs.

    At one point, Sony touted it as a feature. However, they haven't contributed much to getting it running properly.

    I recommend Ubuntu.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PlayStation_3
     
  21. neil1980 macrumors 6502

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    Its ok for web and open office... anything more then I wouldn't bother.

    I'm not sure if its changed now but I know it was a pain in the arse to get wifi working. Was a huge long windid work round for it. Would imagine they have sorted that now mind as that was well over 12 months ago.
     
  22. CarlisleUnited macrumors 6502

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    Have they got the kernel taking full advantage of the cell processor yet? What about the wireless problems? I would probably give it a shot but don't own a HDTV so no real point unfortunatly
     
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  24. Skika macrumors 68030

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    i have one. Its my second one. I bought the first the month it came out, it died on me bout 3 months ago(orange light of death:rolleyes:). I had it repaired but couldn't wait 3 weeks without it so i bought the new 80gb version. I sold the first one and am happy with the new one. The lack of ps2 compatibility and memory card adapter is nothing i miss. i do like that the new one uses half less power and half less heats.
     
  25. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Nope i don't own one, i am not a console man. Unless it's a n64 or a snes i don't play consoles.

    My Brother is the console person. The only time i play one is when my mate brings is wii around.
     

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