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Old 02-13-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Question How many people here bought a PS3 because of linux?


Just curious.

How many people here bought a ps3 because of linux?

Did it factor into your decision to buy the console? Would you have bought an XBox instead if the ps3 had no "other OS" capabilities when you bought it?

Just trying to gauge the linux community's opinion on this.
 
Old 02-13-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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I'm not a gamer at all, but if I would buy a console, I would buy it just for linux. And to hack it further of course
 
Old 02-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #3
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Academic folk used to buy PS3s to make clusters...at least when they used to be able to run Linux. Pretty powerful machines, would definitely look at buying some if I ever had to build a cluster.
 
Old 02-14-2011, 04:46 AM   #4
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It did factor in. Originally, I didn't want to buy it at all, because of the DRM. In fact, I didn't buy it, my brother did.

P.S. You can run Linux on them with the recent hacks, even on the slim, and with full privileges.
 
Old 03-14-2011, 04:50 PM   #5
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I too am not a gamer.

I bought a PS3 primarily for Linux, secondarily for playing Blurays (which I had received for Christmas that year).

If I didn't think that the Xbox 360 was ugly and it had Linux capability, I would have considered it. Further, if the Xbox did and the PS3 didn't, I would have gone for the Xbox--even though I think it's ugly.

I still would have had to buy a Bluray player though--and at the time, the PS3 was the cheapest so I probably would have ended up buying it eventually too.

Cheers!
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:04 PM   #6
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The reason I bought mine a few years ago was to play games. Linux was something additional, which wasn't a deciding factor. btw, does anyone want to buy my PS3 - I haven't used it for a year or so
 
Old 03-14-2011, 06:11 PM   #7
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People buying PS3 for Linux didn't realize that it's almost useless as a PC machine. You have no access to hardware acceleration and not all the processors. This is why people were hacking the hypervisor and why PS3 eventually removed the option.

You would be better off buying a cheep $100 motherboard processor combo with on-board video and running that in your cluster.

Hell
for the price of the PS3 at the time people were using it as such,

you could buy 2 cheap $300 combos (with memory etc...) that would far out perform the cheezy functionality of linux on the PS3. Additionally, you wouldn't be limited on hardware, storage space, memory, processing power, etc. that the hypervisor kept you from using.


Honestly, I bought the PS3 because I was tired of trying to make windows games run with wine and figured I could get a reasonable media streaming machine and blueray player as well. But on second guess... it's kind of noisy for a media machine.

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Old 03-14-2011, 07:21 PM   #8
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I decided to buy the xbox for my wife because of all the legal issues in the Sony, and will never buy a Sony product if I can help it because of their threats to fair use.

I would have considered the Sony just for the ability to run linux for me to use it also but I bought another computer. Basically I had to buy two things.

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Old 03-14-2011, 10:48 PM   #9
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I was happy that when the PS3 first came out it could run Linux, but it wasn't really what made the decision. I liked the fact that it could play PS1/PS2 games, and play Blu-Ray. Plus the graphics are better then the Xbox 360. I did hesitate to update for a while when Sony removed the Other OS feature. I planned on using it to compile some PPC Linux software, figured it might be faster than the Mac G4 I have.
 
Old 03-15-2011, 01:48 PM   #10
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Just to be complete, I did buy an Xbox 360 and got a red ring. See my blog. I will not buy another. At least the PS3 lasted until now.
 
Old 03-15-2011, 03:27 PM   #11
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I think I read they were doing a warranty on the xbox for that aren't they?
 
Old 03-15-2011, 03:33 PM   #12
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I heard that GM is going to sell some new cars that will not allow anything but AC Delco radios in them. And if you do install something like a Pioneer, the car will phone home to their headquarters and inform them that you have installed illegal hardware. Then they have the right to sue you in court for modifying the car you bought from them, because when you opened the door to the car you agreed to a binding agreement with them.

 
Old 03-15-2011, 03:35 PM   #13
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I heard that GM is going to sell some new cars that will not allow anything but AC Delco radios in them. And if you do install something like a Pioneer, the car will phone home to their headquarters and inform them that you have installed illegal hardware. Then they have the right to sue you in court for modifying the car you bought from them, because when you opened the door to the car you agreed to a binding agreement with them.

Can you give us a good reference and verification of this?
 
Old 03-15-2011, 03:37 PM   #14
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Can you give us a good reference and verification of this?
No.

The car doesn't exist. It's an analogy to show how stupid Sony is for blocking Linux out of the PS3 console that I bought and own. Kind of showing that if you bought a car and they said "Oh, even though you own our car, you cant change anything about it," you would tell them to get lost.
 
Old 03-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #15
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I know I was going along with it... I was hoping you would post a link to the sony PS3 web page or whatever..... LOL
 
  


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