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Yellow Dog Linux on PS3? Is it worth it?

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I was thinking of installing YDL on my PS3 and wanted to know:-

what can you do with it?

is it easy to use?

is there any way i can try linux out without downloading and installing it?

can i play computer games on it?

can i install windows?

what effect will it have on the PS3?

thanks for your help

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  1. Yea if you want to use it as a computer too. It can do everything your desktop can, minus play games, but hey. Its a ps3 too.

    You can install windows but it will run horribly.

    No computer games unless you use emulators.

    Itll take up a bit of memory with its partition.

  2. Linux on the PS3 isn’t worth the hassle in my opinion.

    Since the PS3 is so different from a standard PC, it’s a lot more difficult to get any applications installed on the PS3 under Linux than if you were using a PC. Driver support is intentionally crippled, so forget about trying to use Linux on the PS3 for anything that you’d normally want to use. Linux on the PS3 was intended to be a platform for developing PS3 games. It’s not really intended for end users to use, beyond the curious Linux hacker.

    If you want to try out Linux, look at Knoppix (www.knoppix.net) They make a special CD image you can download for free and use to boot on any PC with Linux. This won’t change the hard drive on the PC, so you can give it a try, and still be able to reboot your PC as normal when you’re done.

    If you’ve got a spare PC or laptop lying around that you wouldn’t mind installing Linux on, look into Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com) which is a different Linux distribution that is very easy to use.

    Linux is a different operating system. It is based on the older UNIX operating system, and has a large number of applications for it, as well as a large number of different graphical interfaces. Many network applications and servers use Linux instead of Microsoft Windows. Linux itself is free, although many companies create their own distribution, packaging the operating system with various tools and applications. Many of these are free – like Ubuntu and Knoppix – while others cost money. Red Hat, for instance, offers both a free and commercial version of Linux. Unless you’re planning on running a large scale server, the free distributions will usually be just fine for you.

    You can get familiar applications for Linux, like Firefox for web browsing, OpenOffice for your spreadsheet and word processing needs, Thunderbird for e-mail, etc. These applications are also free for you to download and use.

    There are games for Linux, but not many of the big game companies support Linux, so you aren’t going to find games for sale for Linux at the local Best Buy. However, some Window games can be run under Linux using applications like WINE.

    You can also find a large number of Linux resources at the bookstore in the computer area. Many books come with a version of Linux so you can follow along with the book’s examples.

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