Terrasoft Supplying Linux for PS3

    October 24, 2006

Is it really news when Terrasoft announces that it will be supplying Linux for the PS3?

I mean, sheesh, you can’t even buy a PS3 yet. On the other hand..

Is this going to be the road by which the insidious penguin infiltrates the households of god-fearing folk who otherwise would have nothing to do with anything not blessed by Saint Bill himself? Will it be the children who innocently and unknowingly introduce this scourge?

Did I say scourge? Excuse me, it’s that darn Microsoft Mind Control widget that I accidentally downloaded while doing some research at their site. I thought I had gotten rid of it, but no, those warm “I love Bill” feelings keep welling up. Hold on, I’ll switch over to a secure VMWare machine..

Ahh, that’s better. And this really is cool beans (or whatever the kids are saying now). It’s good for the ‘rents:

“Well, Johnny, it’s either a computer or a gaming console – you can’t have both. What? The PS3 is both? Well..”

and of course it’s good for the kiddies (except the Microsoft Kids).

Apparently the distro will be based on Fedora Core 5 and will be de-fanged, civilized, homogenized and tamed so as not to frighten anyone:

A simple installer enables absolutely anyone to install without instruction. Post-install, the default suite of applications presents an intuitive, self-guided means of exploring Linux without the confusion of multiple applications in the same family. An Advanced installer mode enables selection from greater than fifteen hundred packages, as is expected from a complete Linux distribution.

It’s supposed to be using the Enlightment E17 Desktop (read a review of that at Enlightenment 17 Review). I’m more of a command line holdout, but if they say it’s neat-o, I’m sure it is.

Well, my next computer won’t be a PS3, but maybe someone else’s will be.

*Originally published at APLawrence.com

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