Re: [FYI] debian-installer for SONY PS3
On Thu, 2007-01-04 at 09:48 -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> It occurs to me that this might be of interest here. The rest of the
> thread is in debian-boot.
As noticed in his message, there are 2 major issues:
- Kernel. Right now, we really only have this 2.6.16 port done by Sony,
which is somewhat limitative ;-) There is some work in progress to
rebase the port and merge it upstream properly, but that takes time and
will not be ready for a couple of monthes yet at best I reckon (stuff
happens on #cell on oftc)
- Bootloader. Kboot is really not a terrific option at this point,
especially since every distro ends up doing it's own hacked version of
it incompatible with each other that needs to be flashed in the ps3.
That's why I've started working with jk on a proper graphical
bootloader, though it will require to sync with distros as we'll need
something better than the current kboot-type config files (though I'll
try to make it compatible with existing stuff).
Nothing ready to show there but it's being worked on.
> Kenshi Muto wrote:
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> > Hi,
> > Takeshi Yaegashi, who is my friend, succeeded to install Debian
> > on SONY PlayStation 3 (PS3). PS3 is PPC64 architecture and
> > some Linux distributions and NetBSD are already ported for PS3.
> > His wiki describes how you can install Debian on PS3 by using his
> > customized Debian-Installer:
> > http://www.keshi.org/moin/moin.cgi/PS3/Debian/Installer
> > SVN diff against current d-i trunk (still under development,
> > he is carefully changing d-i to keep small):
> > http://www.keshi.org/moin/moin.cgi/PS3/Debian/Installer/Porting
> > Although I haven't PS3, it's very interesting that d-i merges
> > his PS3 PPC specific patch for post-Etch.
> > I talked with him for a while and he pointed some TODO.
> > 1. We need newer kernel or patched kernel to support PS3 architecture.
> > 2. We have to ITP ps3pf-utils package to use video on X and some
> > features.
> > 3. We have to use new kboot.udeb instead of other PPC installer.
> > kboot is Linux based boot loader and can be installed from
> > SONY official kit. It finds a boot configuration from the
> > partition has specific label and loads the file. So we don't
> > have to install something to install boot sector. kboot.udeb
> > just locates the configuration file kboot.conf to /etc directory.
> > Thanks,
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> > Kenshi Muto
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