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jeanfrancis
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject: What to do with a Gentoo PS3 ? Reply with quote

Hi there !

I just *finally* got a friend's PS3 working with Gentoo. I did a stage3 installation and recompiled everything with -mcpu=cell, -mabi=altivec.

The main plan is to install the IBM software to be able to use the SPUs and distribute matrix calculation on them.

I may buy one for myself once it's working but my question is : what are you guys doing with your Gentoo PS3 ? Anybody is able to have a complete desktop ? Play Linux games ? Have a media center ? A server ?

Right now, the fbdev driver seems very slow to me and even xfce4 is slow... :(


Anybody ? :)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flame: How about using it what it's meant for? Playing games? :D
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pdw_hu wrote:
Flame: How about using it what it's meant for? Playing games? :D


:lol: 'cause I get much more geek points trying to do something else with it ;). A media center would be nice, but I don't know if anyone really dit it :P
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much atm, a server, a number cruncher and snes emulation. When the mesa cell drive is working the ps3 will could really work as media center or a os console.


http://www.mesa3d.org/cell.html
http://www.tungstengraphics.com/wiki/index.php/Gallium3D
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS3 is very low on RAM, so you should to run a customized deskop. I recommend Openbox as a window manager.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could leave the PS3 as it is (was), and do the Geeky stuff on the server side. It actually makes a decent media player. Use mediatomb (it's in portage) to stream video and audio to it. There are a few HD podcasts out there which look good when streamed to a 50" TV :-)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've actually been considering picking up a first generation unit to use as a mythtv box. prices on ebay are around $150, and when you consider the blue rae dvd, that is attractive....

course i'd be much happier if it was a burner.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent some time installing linux on mine, and it was a big disappointment. Running firefox on it is so slow (low RAM) that it made the whole experience painful. Furthermore you switching between OS is also a pain... Now I just use the PS3 native OS with mediatomb on the server side.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NotQuiteSane wrote:
I've actually been considering picking up a first generation unit to use as a mythtv box. prices on ebay are around $150, and when you consider the blue rae dvd, that is attractive....

course i'd be much happier if it was a burner.

NQS


As an FYI, the decryption routines for CSS are blocked under the PS3's hypervisor. No idea if Blu-ray is also affected.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got Gentoo running nicely on mine (last generation). Firefox is not using too much RAM. I use a XFCE4 desktop.

The thing I'm trying to get running now is the IBM cell sdk. libraries (BLAS and LAPACK, more precisely). I did package them, but for now BLAS is returning an error message. Still investigating.

I may also try to do a media center even if it's low in RAM, since the browser of the PS3 is surprisingly slow.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once mine's up and running I'm going to use it to program my dissertation. I'm looking forward to some cell development.
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