- Format your PS3’s HDD into 2 partitions. The Format utility seems to be very intuitive and easy-to-use.
- Download the OtherOS Installer from Sony’s Open Platform for PS3 site.
- Download the customised kboot image for your specific distro (Will be supplied with the distro?)
- Put both of them on an external USB device in a special folder structure using your PC.
- Plug it into the PS3 and select the “Install Other OS” in the PS3 menu.
- It will scan the external storage device and list the Other OS installer.
- At this point, going ahead and selecting the install option will install kboot (the bootloader) to your PS3’s HDD.
- Bear in mind that kboot is almost like a secondary bootloader. kboot will be initialised by the PS3’s own bootloader, which will be protected, to say the least.
- Once kboot is installed to your PS3’s HDD, it’s time to install the actual distro itself. Since the guide itself explains with the example of Fedora Core 5, I will be following it. The main reason is that I still don’t know where the customised kboot image comes from. Will the distributions officially release them? Or will we have to go around looking for them on unofficial sites? We’ll know more as time goes on…
- Anyways, once you’ve installed kboot, just go to the System Settings in the PS3’s menu and select the default system as Other OS.
- Once you reboot your PS3, you will now be booted into kboot. You’re almost there! All that’s left is installing Fedora Core 5 after following the instructions on screen.
Once into Linux, you will be able to use it like any other computer. You will be able to fire up Firefox and browse the intarwebs, or load MythTV and convert your PS3 into a true-blue media center. It’s as good as a shiny new PC once you’re into Linux.
But wait! That’s not all. After checking out the documents, I did find a few small bits of info which are big news in itself:
- You will be able to switch to the PS3’s game OS from Linux.
- You will be able to use the Blu-ray drive to mount all types of discs including Blu-ray discs!
Looking at the fact that we will be able to mount Blu-ray discs in Linux, my mind wanders around to the fact that it could be possible to dump the PS3’s game discs, and it might be easier than Sony would think. Currently, I can hazard a guess that their special Blu-ray drivers for Linux will not allow you to do so, but give it a few weeks and the hackers can easily come out with modified drivers to make the drive work according to their fancies. That’s all speculation though, I won’t go into much detail.
Big ups to Pranav on the tutorial. Of course the PS3 has to be functional for any of this to work. We shall see.