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Old 08-17-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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YDL on PS3


Hi all. I am a very new user to Linux. Infact, so new that I the first time I have used it was the last couple of days after installing it onto my ps3. I now have every thing working, even after several attempts the wireless network now works! What I would lke to know now is have any of you guys got YDL installed onto your ps3 and what software do you use and what do you use it for. I was hoping to use mine for email, messenger, gaming (mame)... but would be interested t hear what you guys use yours for. Thanks in anticipation...also, is there a tutuorial on how to set up/use Mame on Linux?
 
Old 08-18-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what you are looking for. The YDL repositories contain software built to run on the PS3, so it is simply a matter of going through the package manager and picking which applications you want to use.

As for what you can do with it, it is really no different than any other desktop system. The PS3 itself doesn't actually perform too well as a desktop (certainly, you could build a much more powerful desktop system for the purchase price of the console), but it excels at calculation-intensive tasks.

Unfortunately unless you are writing your own custom software for a specific task, there is really no way to tap that potential.
 
Old 08-19-2008, 10:50 AM   #3
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(certainly, you could build a much more powerful desktop system for the purchase price of the console), but it excels at calculation-intensive tasks.
Really? I always thought that the Cell processor was *the* buzzword these days.....?
 
Old 08-19-2008, 11:36 AM   #4
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Not for general computing, no. When running Linux, everything is done on the main SPU, which is basically just a run of the mill PowerPC chip. Combined with the low RAM the system has (256 MB) and the lack of hardware video acceleration, the PS3 performs fairly poorly as a desktop machine. A run of the mill Pentium 4 could easily outperform it.

To actually tap into the power of the PS3, software has to be written specifically to address the Cell's multiple processors, and of course generic software isn't.
 
  


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