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    Linux Fedora core 5 full install
    OK lets get started first youll need a few things.

    Linux fedora core 5 ppc (PPC: Power pc)
    ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub...-8-ppc-DVD.iso

    PS3 add on cd
    ftp://ftp.uk.linux.org/pub/linux/Son...1110-ADDON.iso

    Other os installer
    http://sksapps.com/ps3/PS3_Other_OS_Installer.rar

    blank dvd, blank cd, usb drive you can get these at walmart...No walmart move to USA...lol


    Once you have all these burn the fedora iso to the dvd and burn the add on cd to the cd..If you dont know how to do this see google..

    Now with these two discs set aside, attach the USB drive to your computer and create a folder on the drive named PS3. Inside of this PS3 folder, create another folder entitled otheros. Placing your PS3 add-ons CD back into your ROM drive, open/search the disc and locate the kboot folder. Inside of kboot should be a file entitled otheros.bld - take this file and copy it into the otheros folder you created on your USB drive

    Finally, take the the Other OS Installer.(unrared) Place the downloaded otheros.self file into the otheros folder on your flashdrive. You should now have both otheros.bld and otheros.self located inside of the otheros folder, which itself is located within the PS3 folder.

    OK lets prep the PS3 for the installation. so go turn it on......
    This process will delete all information from your hard drive, including game saves, so if you have anything on the hard drive that you value, it would be advisable at this point that you back it up to a flashdrive or memory card of your choice. Game saves may be copied by going to Game --> Saved Data Utility on the XMB and hitting the 'x' button, followed by the triangle button on individual save data to transfer. also you may create a complete backup of the hdd to a usb hdd. go to settings/system settings/backup utility/and choose the backup option. then fallow the onscreen instuctions

    Now that you have backed up all of your valuable information, use the XMB menu to navigate to Settings --> System Settings --> Format Utility. You will want to run the format utility, and following the prompts, set up an 'other OS' partition on the drive. Having prepared the hard drive for the installation of an additional operating system, plug in the USB flashdrive you prepared for the installation. On the XMB navigate to Settings --> System Settings --> Install Other OS. The console should automatically detect the necessary files on the flashdrive, and it is a simple matter of following the prompts given in order to install the bootloader onto the hard drive.

    Once you've accomplished this, head to Settings --> System Settings --> Default System and change it from PS3 to Other OS. When you next start the system, it will boot into a Linux environment

    Once faced with the initial kboot command prompt, enter this text via a connected USB or USB/RF keyboard: install-fc sda

    It will ask you to insert the Fedora 5 DVD, which you should do at this point. Hit 'y' on the keyboard and 'enter' to begin the installation process. It will ask if a minimal or full installation is prefered - make your choice (no reason not to go full) and get ready to wait.

    For a short while it may appear that your Playstation is frozen, but don't panic, it isn't; after several minutes you will see visual signs that the installation is in progress. You would also be well advised to have something to occupy yourself with during the duration, because this step takes several hours to complete.

    Speaking of frozen, however, here is some good advice to keep in mind. If at any point when using the Playstation you feel you have a legitimate freeze, you can hold your finger over the power 'button' for five seconds in order to initiate a manual shutdown. This is far preferable to actually flipping the switch on the back of the unit or disconnecting the power cord, something that on this system you should know will lead to nothing but headaches. And this method will get the job done. Even more obscure/handy is the fact that should you ever feel yourself stuck in Linux-land, you may power down the unit (via the above method) and power it back on while keeping your finger on the power 'button' for an additional five seconds. When powered on in this method, the PS3 will always default to the XMB menu.


    Going back to our Linux installation, once the requisite several hours have gone by, you will notice that the DVD automatically ejects from the PS3s slot-drive. You will be asked to insert the PS3 add-on CD. Do that and hit 'yes.' Similarly to the DVD, once finished the CD will eject on its own.

    You will be asked to enter a password for the root login; we hit 'enter' twice to skip past this.

    The installation is now complete - type in 'reboot' and hit enter.

    Upon rebooting, you will enter the system configuration utility; after you finish with the configuration utility you will be faced with the following login prompt:

    localhost login:

    You will be faced with this prompt every time you boot into Fedora, and your login name is simply root, followed by your password if you chose to create one.

    Next you will see a command prompt:

    [[email protected] ~] #

    This will be the prompt you most often deal with inside of Fedora, and for the light PS3 user, only a couple of commands need be memorized. These include:

    reboot - reboots the system

    halt - turns the PS3 off

    startx - takes you into the graphical GNOME interface for Fedora 5

    boot-game-os - takes you back into the main Playstation 3 OS (you will need to change the boot order under system settings after doing this to boot back into Linux next time you wish to do so)

    Before entering 'startx' and heading to the graphical user interface though, if you are on an HDTV you may wish to change the resolution from the default 576x384. This cannot be done from within the GUI, so now is the time to experiment with it. From the command prompt enter:

    ps3videomode -v 3 -f

    The number '3' above corresponds to a 720p resolution, so you will want to enter a different number in that spot to achieve a different resolution. The resolutions are associated as follows:

    1:480i 2:480p 3:720p 4:1080i and 5:1080p for NTSC territories

    6:576i 7:576p 8:720p 9:1080i and 10:1080p for PAL territories

    (NOTE: If your HDTV suffers from overscan, thus cropping off the edges of the screen as our older test set does, leave the -f off of your command, which stands for 'full screen' mode. For example, our best resolution is achieved by typing only: ps3videomode -v 4)

    Now that you've set the resolution that works best for you, enter startx into the command prompt and hit enter

    Hopefully you now find yourself within an environment that even for a lifelong Windows user, should seem very familiar. In addition, if you performed the full installation you will have OpenOffice, Firefox, several simple games, and a number of additional productivity apps already installed on the system.

    You are not connected to the Internet yet, however, and thus we will end the installation guide by addressing this, while at the same time teaching you how to access a command prompt window inside of the graphical user interface.

    Navigating the bar on the top of the screen, go to Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal.

    This will open up what is known as a terminal window, and from here you will be able to enter the commands necessary to initialize the network on your Fedora install. From this terminal window you will also be able to boot into the game OS, shut down the system, or reboot exactly as described previously.

    Greeted with the command prompt, enter the following exactly as written:

    su -c '/sbin/chkconfig --level 345 NetworkManager on' (remember that Linux is case-sensitive) - hit enter

    su -c '/sbin/chkconfig --level 345 NetworkManagerDispatcher on' - hit enter

    su -c '/sbin/service NetworkManager start ; /sbin/service NetworkManagerDispatcher start' - hit enter

    Reboot the system by typing 'reboot,' ignore the kboot prompt (or hit enter), login at the login prompt by entering 'root,' set your resolution at the command prompt, and enter startx to get back into the GUI

    Congratulations! You now have a fully-functioning Linux distro on your Playstation 3. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the system - for anything you want to accomplish, a little bit of research on the Internet will show you the way. Remember that for any applications you download into Fedora, you will want to download the PowerPC-friendly versions of those apps.
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    Default Re: Install Linux Fedora core 5 Operating system in PS-3

    what functionality can be achieved with this process? does it turns PS3 into a functional PC?

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    Default Re: Install Linux Fedora core 5 Operating system in PS-3

    Quote Originally Posted by Noob™ View Post
    what functionality can be achieved with this process? does it turns PS3 into a functional PC?
    good question.
    only fedora 5 edition?
    other fedora/ubuntu edition possible?

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    Default Re: Install Linux Fedora core 5 Operating system in PS-3

    No full functionality is not acheived. Linux only has access to the 256MB dedicated RAM and has no access to the PS3's GPU (RSX). It performs like a trimmed down PC, enough for surfing and doing some typing.

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    Default Re: Install Linux Fedora core 5 Operating system in PS-3

    thanks for the info..

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    Default Re: Install Linux Fedora core 5 Operating system in PS-3

    Quote Originally Posted by Noob™ View Post
    what functionality can be achieved with this process? does it turns PS3 into a functional PC?

    Noob yes it becomes a full powerful pc its just fedora 5 my brother has Ubuntu 9 its much fater than a pc...i will post more about it..this just the beginning

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