PS2 Linux Kit Details

January 30th, 2002 by Crusader

Sony Computer Entertainment America hasannounced that it will bereleasing its PS2 Linux Kit in the North American market:

As announced at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2002, the leading event focused exclusively on Linux and open source solutions, “Linux (for PlayStation 2)” will for the first time allow developers in North America complete access to the PlayStation 2 runtime environment and system manuals. The “Linux (for PlayStation 2)” Release 1.0 kit includes:
  • Internal hard disk drive for PlayStation 2 (HDD) with 40 GB capacity
  • Network Adaptor (Ethernet) (for PlayStation 2) with 100 Base T Ethernet interface
  • Linux Kernel version 2.2.1 (with USB device support)
  • “Linux (for PlayStation 2)” Version 1.0 software distribution on two DVDs
  • gcc 2.95.2 and glibc 2.2.2 with VU assemblers
  • XFree86 3.3.6 with PlayStation 2 GS support
  • Computer monitor adaptor (for PlayStation 2) (with audio connectors)
  • USB Keyboard and mouse (for PlayStation 2)

In addition to the “Linux (for PlayStation 2)” kit, users must have a standard North American PlayStation 2 (SCPH 30001, SCPH 30001R, SCPH 35001GT), a Memory Card (8M) (for PlayStation 2), and a VESA monitor. The graphics output requires a high-resolution computer display, with standard output set as XGA (1024 x 768 resolution); home televisions cannot be used as monitors. Computer displays supporting “sync on green” are mandatory.

There’s already SDL project filesat the official site; there’s also community forums and mailing lists. Thanksto CDX for the news.

7 Responses to “PS2 Linux Kit Details”

  1. AT Tappman Says:

    Gonna get me a Linux kit. WOOHOO!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    More infos: (in german or use the fish)

  3. Trizt Says:

    What about the Japanese PS2 box and the Japanese version of PS2Linux?

    Can I use any Japanese PS2 and does the Japanese PS2Linux support english as default?

    I’m asking, for I have a lot easier to buy a Japanese PS2 than a american.

  4. LampEft Says:

    Now I *gotta* get a PS2. :-) Though, I wish the Linux kit could be used on the TV. Also, could Loki games see a second life on this?

  5. mrluisp Says:

    but can someone please enlighten me?

    I admit the idea of Linux on the PS2 sounds cool, but what exactly is the point?

    Will you be able to develop ps2 games and distribute them to others, or will other people be required to have the Linux kit in order for them to use whatever you make?

    Sync-on-green? Does that seriously mean you only get to use a green-colored display? I remember using one fo those way back in the day. I don’t understand. What’s the point of limiting the use of the display? I thought the whole point was to take advantage of the ps2 graphics power. Maybe this sync-on-green is just a certain way to synchronize monitors to the graphics adapter?

    Is the whole point to transform the ps2 into small computer?

    Please answer. I’m honestly confused.

  6. Mongoose Says:

    To clear up some stuff:

    * Comes with an alpha mesa with some hw accel
    * TVs can be used after the machine has had linux installed
    * You can use VNC and not use a monitor at all =)

  7. vardamir Says:

    I kind of wish that it shipped with Linux 2.4.X and XFree86 4.X /w DRI, but I guess there will be some fun in acomplishing the updates w/o Sony’s help, though, the XF86/DRI part may not be feasible, but I would like to run Kernel 2.4.

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