[svlug] Sony puts Linux on PlayStation 2
Cameron L Palmer
palmerc at seagate.com
Fri Apr 27 12:38:02 PDT 2001
Now could someone just give us a copy of the kernel source, we can make
our own distribution from there. What is the processor type in the
Daevid Vincent wrote:
> April 26 Officials at Sonys UK offices confirmed on Thursday that the
> company is to release an official version of Linux to run on the PlayStation
> 2. However, it will only be compatible with Japanese versions of the console
> at this stage.
> The move is in response to consumer pressure, according to Sony.
> ACCORDING TO SONY, the move is in response to consumer pressure,
> which has included online petitions. Users will receive a hard drive with
> built-in 10Mbit Ethernet socket that will plug into the consoles PCMCIA
> slot, a mouse and a keyboard, as well as a PS2-compatible version of the
> popular open source operating system. The PS2 Linux Kit will cost the
> equivalent of about $200 and will go on sale in June 2001.
> Only 1,000 copies of the Linux kit will be manufactured initially.
> The decision whether to ship more will depend on the feedback and requests
> from the Linux communities, said Sony in a press release.
> However, the new release will not be available for PlayStation 2
> users in the U.S. or Europe. The Linux release is only for the Japanese
> market, and Im not aware of any plans to offer it in America or Europe,
> said a spokesman for Sony.
> PlayStation 2s include regional encoding, so that a Japanese console
> cannot play games released in Europe and vice versa. This led to allegations
> that Sony was overcharging European consumers, who did not have the option
> of importing a cheaper unit from the U.S. or Japan. Sony has consistently
> denied this charge.
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