Network server solution firm, Helios Software GmbH, has developed a simplified Linux distribution for Sony Playstation 3, with its Yellow Dog Linux v5.0, utilizing the IBM 64-bit 3.2 GHz Cell processor.
Helios is a developer of cross-platform networking, PDF, and image server solutions for Mac, Windows, Unix, and web clients. Under a basic agreement with Terra Soft Solutions, a free download of its modified Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution optimised to use Sony’s PlayStation 3 as a test-drive server. The PS3 GameOS offers entertainment features such as video games, movies, and photos, and Helios’ simplified Yellow Dog Linux adds a powerful server OS.
Together they endeavor to provide a unique combination of entertainment and server system. Helios Software has prepared a stripped down version of Yellow Dog Linux for the purpose of providing a lightweight, low overhead server environment on the PS3, while offering a test-drive platform for its file, print, PDF and image server software.
The Helios simplified YDL distribution comes on a CD disk image that installs in less than 6 minutes, and provides a high performance Linux server OS complete with DHCP network settings, support for Java 1.5 and AppleTalk enhanced kernel.
Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO and President of Helios Software remarked, ”Our Linux distribution for PS3 is another milestone in our support for the Open Source Community. And bringing our software to the PS3 underlines in the most obvious way, that Helios Software runs everywhere: Beginning with Unix and Intel Linux to Mac OS X, Windows, and now the PS3 Entertainment Center.”
Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., the developer of Yellow Dog Linux added, ”I am pleased Helios chose to bring its enterprise client server solutions to the PS3 running Yellow Dog Linux. With Helios’ modified Yellow Dog Linux distribution it is simple to use the PS3 as an efficient light duty server.”
The PS3 uses a 64-bit Cell processor which runs at 3.2 GHz, is PowerPC (PPC) compatible with 256 MB of main memory, and has performance comparable to a G5 single CPU. The PS3 comes with the NVIDIA RSX Graphics Processing Unit, has a 60 GB 2.5? swappable serial ATA disk and offers WLAN and Gigabit Ethernet for network connectivity. Terra Soft’s Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 is binary compatible with its release for the former Apple PowerPC product line and concurrent support for the Mercury Cell products and IBM Cell and pSeries servers.
Advantages of the Helios PS3 Linux installation include:
• Free download from Helios website
• Easy installation, ready to run in a few minutes
• Excellent Linux on PS3 documentation from HELIOS
• Dedicated server operating system with optimized performance (40% more memory available)
• Java 1.5 runtime is pre-installed
• Easy maintenance shell from CD
• Helios services are pre-installed as a test-drive
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