Talk:Linux for PlayStation 2

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Who has the kit? Sony only made a few of these linux kits and they sold fast. It was only verson 1.0, but I am not sure if Sony is in the process of making another Linux Kit for Playstation 2.

It wasn't lack of sales that caused the unavailablity of kits in NTSC U/C territory, they just sold the entire run of kits and didn't make more. It wasn't meant to be a wide release anyway. I have a kit and have been using it as a personal desktop since May of 2002. It was intended for hobbyist development, though there were people using them for scientific computing, like the cluster at the NSCA

I have the kit :-) Indeed, PS2 Linux was just junk. It obviously proved that a game console without games is nothing but a poor, useless computer; a mere 300MHz & 32MB RISC computer without hardware double-precision operation and 2D graphic acceleration is not enough for any purpose. Its only practical use is a small, quiet (but not extensible at all) home server. 22:01, 28 October 2005 (UTC)

I have the European kit. Window Maker can be seen ugly, but it's efficient and fast. With this kit, I read e-mails, surf on the web, type texts in Abiword, chat in ICQ/IRC and contribute in Wikipedia. I've no tested as a server, but as personal computer the kit fulfills the function. It's very limitated (no KDE, no Amerca's Army 4Linux) by sufficient to be an personal computer. With a modchip installed (DMS-3), you can partition the HD for Linux and HD Loader games. I have a memory card for the system and another for the games. And finishing, is fully possible use DVD drive in Linux, just using a patch. Resuming, it's very complicated and limited for casual users, but a great system for enthusiastics a awesome console game. --Brazil4Linux 13:53, 19 November 2005 (UTC)

How do put this article in a subcategory of Linux_distributions called "Linux distributions for Game Consoles"? And is this a good title for this subcategory. Or how do I create a "List of Linux distributions for Game Consoles"? The articles about the distros that would go in this subcategory (or on this list) are already entered in wikipedia. Zerothis 05:08, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Suggested rename[edit]

PS2 Linux isn't the official title of the kit. The article should probably be renamed to "Linux (Playstation 2)" or "Linux Kit" or some other combination. --PS2pcGAMER (talk) 11:59, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Linux for PlayStation 2 it is then. Chris Cunningham 17:38, 30 October 2006 (UTC)


According to the article, the memory card is used as RAM, but it is limited to 32MB. Can multiple cards be put in a multitap to quadruple the RAM to 128MB or two multitaps to octuple the RAM to 256MB? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:51, 1 April 2007 (UTC).

The memory card isn't used as ram, the PS2 has it's own internal 32 MB of ram which are used. The access speed on a memory card is VERY slow and using it for ram would be very impractical. A ps2 memory card also only has 8 MB of space, not 32. Mr toasty 03:43, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps it should be added that the DVD-ROM drive is fully supported, and can be used for reading non-PlayStation media with the use of a mod chip. This particular restriction is one of hardware, not one enforced by Linux. Hence using a modchip alongside running Linux gives you complete control over the drive. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:10, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

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