April 27, 2001
Sony to release Linux for PS2
By STEPHEN SHANKLAND, CNET NEWS.COM
Linux fans who want to run their favorite operating system on the
Sony PlayStation 2 game console apparently will get what they've been
On Friday, Sony posted information on the Beta Release 1 of its
PlayStation 2 Linux Kit, including a press release on its Japanese
site that puts its price tag at 25,000 yen, or about $200.
The kit includes a DVD with software, 40GB hard drive, keyboard and
mouse. The beta, or test, version will be available in June.
More than 6,000 people signed a petition earlier this year to
encourage Sony to work on the project.
The PlayStation 2 is powered by a MIPS chip. One of the benefits of
Linux is that it's comparatively easy to get it working on different
Sony selected Linux to help game developers simulate the PlayStation
2 so they could get a jump on creating games before the actual
hardware was available.
Running Linux on the game console itself, though, is a different
matter entirely. Rumors of the possibility have been circulating on
Slashdot, a news and discussion site popular with Linux fans.
The programming blueprints, or source code, for the kernel--the heart
of Linux--is included on the DVD, Sony said. But the source code for
a proprietary "runtime environment" that lets games play on the
system is not.
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