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Linux logo Small Guide to Installing Stuff on Yellow Dog Linux For PS3Linux logo

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: This guide is for people who have just installed Yellow Dog Linux and are wanting to get going in testing it out with cool new programs!

 

Ok so here you are you have just installed linux and your thinking how do I get going on all the cool stuff that linux has been hyped up to do, well im going to show you first of all Linux is nothing at all like Windows when it comes to installing programs so don't go downloading random emulators, applications off the internet thinking they will work on linux because they wont!

 

FIRST OFF (VERY IMPORTANT STEP) DO NOT SKIP!!!

 

Alot of applications on Linux require additional Repos (especially the game emulators) so you need to download and install the repo package here using linux: - http://pleasantfiction.ipower.com/ps3linux/ezrepos-2-ydl6.ppc.rpm

 

Once you have installed them (should only take a second) you need to open up a terminal to do this go to Applications - Accessoreies - Terminal and copy and paste these lines in:

 

 

yum install yum-protectbase

echo 'protect=1' >> /etc/yum.repos.d/yellowdog-base.repo
echo 'protect=1' >> /etc/yum.repos.d/yellowdog-updates.repo

 

NOTE - If it says anything about not having permission log off linux and log on with your user name as "root" and your password the same as your log in password

 

Ok once you have that out of the way we can get on with the fun stuff hopefully:

 

Programs you can Install using this Guide:

 

1) MARBLE (ALOT LIKE GOOGLE EARTH)

2) VLC PLAYER (PLAYS LOADS OF DIFFERENT VIDEO FORMATS)

3) TRANSMISSION (LIKE BIT COMET, BIT TORRENT ETC)

4) XE EMULATOR (PLAYS LOADS OF RETRO GAMES LIKE GENESIS, NES ETC)

5) JAVA(QUITE HARD TO INSTALL BUT I'LL EXPLAIN)

6) SNES9 1.51 GTK (SNES EMULATOR)

7) SDL MAME(ARCADE GAME EMULATOR)

8) MEDNAFEN (GAMEBOY EMULATOR)

 

Note - more will be added in the future

 

1) Marble

 

 

Go to Applications - System Tools - Add/Remove Software. From there go to the search tab at the top and search for "Marble" Once you have found it, tick the box next to it and then click apply. The program will now install (Should take between 1-3mins) Once it has finished go to Applications - Edutainment - Marble, open it and it will ask to install the maps, just click yes and away you go.

 

2) VLC Player

 

Ok, open up a Terminal (Applications - Accessoreies - Terminal) and type:

 

su (hit enter)

[enter your password] (hit enter)

yum install vlc (hit enter)

 

Vlc should now start installing.

 

3) Transmission

 

Go to Applications - System Tools - Add/Remove Software. From there go to the search tab at the top and search for "Transmission" Once you have it found, tick the box next to it and then click apply. The Program will now be installed(NOTE, it might ask to install over software for it to work just click yes or  ok) Once it has finished installing (takes about 1-2mins) Go to Applications - Internet - Transmission. Theres your torrent program, for anyone who has just bittorrent, bit comet or anything like that before will know what to do from there. A good Torrent site is Piratebay(just search it on google) You can either download the torrent directly from when you click download torrent on the site or you can double click the torrent file for it to start downloading

 

4) XE Emulator

 

Very simple here if you followed the Very Important Step at the top. Go here using Linux : http://tinyurl.com/xe216easyinstall, download and install it and your done.

 

5) Java (This can be a pain to get working)

 

Go to this site using linux: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/java/jdk/linux/download.html

 

Under the “Latest Java releases and download links” heading, click on the “SR3” link for J2SE 5.0 on 32-bit iSeries/pSeries. The anoying thing is you have to register, exsept all the agreements and stuff so you need to do this. After you have done this you will be at a page with all of the options for the Java version 5.0 on 32-bit iSeries/pSeries. Under the JRE section click download the RPM format and download this "ibm-java-ppc-jre-6.0-1.0.ppc.rpm" Install it using the default software installer. You think its done? your wrong sadly.

 

Once it has finished installing find this file "libjavaplugin_oji." it should be in "/opt/ibm/java2-ppc-50/jre/bin" on your c drive. Right click the file and select “Make link” it should rename the file to “link to libjavaplugin_oji.so”  cut this file and find this folder "/usr/lib/firefox-1.5.0.1/plugins" Paste it in here.

 

Hopefully if you have done all this right it SHOULD work, you can test it by going to www.Funorb.com

 

6) SNES9

 

First Install Port Audio:

  http://tinyurl.com/6ly8lf

Then Install Snes9x 1.51 Gtk:

  http://tinyurl.com/5r9khq

 

7) SDL MAME

 

Open up a Terminal (Applications - Accessoreies - Terminal) and enter this:

 

su
<root password>
yum install sdlmame

  • once installed you will need to edit this file:
    /etc/mame/mame.ini

    open with text editor and change these:
     multithreading from 0 to 1
     video from opengl to soft
     joystick from 0 to 1

    also add

    autoframeskip 1 to the bottom of the file

 

You need to put the ROM's (the games) in this folder "/usr/share/mame/roms" NOTE: Keep them in a ZIP folder don't extract the ROMs

 

Once you have done this you can open MAME by typeing "mame" in a terminal

 

8) Mednefen

 

You can download and install Mednafen from here install it using the default install method
  http://tinyurl.com/5zxd9p

 

Then you need to download the Config file from here: http://tinyurl.com/662nel

Copy the Config file here "/.mednafen/mednafen.cfg" (NOTE this folder can be found by going to your home folder from your desktop then clicking "show all files from inside that folder) It might ask to overwrite click YES.

 

Then Type Mednafen with the game you want to play next to it in a terminal like this "mednafen ~path of game~" To find the path of the game right click it and go to propaties and just copy and paste the file path

 

 

 

A Few FAQ's

 

"Does Linux overwrite the original OS of the PS3?"

 

NO, it doesn't all it does is take 10gb away from your HDD and gives that to the Other OS(Yellow dog linux in our case)

 

"Where can I get Yellow Dog Linux"

 

This isn't a guide to install linux just for people who have recently installed it, if your intrested in installing Linux you can get loads of help from here http://www.yellowdog-board.com/index.php

 

"Is it all Free?"

 

Yes

 

"Whats the point in Linux on a PS3? can't I just use Windows on my PC"

 

Hmm good point but think about it.... Why would you need a PC when you have a PS3 that can basically do everything a PC can do? (When you have Linux of course :P)

 

"Can you use the PS3 controller on emulated games?"

 

You can indeed, some will require you to config the controles but most will do it when you plug it in (make sure you restart the emulator when you plug in a new USB joystick)

 

 

 

And thats it for now obviously I'll try and add more applications and FAQ's to the guide. Some of the features might sound tricky but they are great when you get used to them. If you need any help just post and I'll try and reaply as fast as possible

 

 

Good sites for more Yellow Dog Linux help:

 

http://www.yellowdog-board.com/index.php

 

 

 

 

 




 




 

 

 

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Anyone tell me if the Linux Penguin logo's have shown up at the top? Im not sure if they will apear right :S
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Nicely done. And your effort is appreciated.

 

But is all these "cool" features just emulators and a media player? Seems an awful lot of f***ing about for these underwelming extra's. Like you said, why bother with doing this if you have a PC that takes little effort to get things working without fear of bricking a console not really designed for this sort of function?

 

If you use a convertor, you can change all vidoes in to MP4 format codec that will work on the PS3 (if streaming via Media Server is an issue setting up). I can't actually see an advantage or point in having Linux on your PS3.

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Khanij wrote:

Nicely done. And your effort is appreciated.

 

But is all these "cool" features just emulators and a media player? Seems an awful lot of f***ing about for these underwelming extra's. Like you said, why bother with doing this if you have a PC that takes little effort to get things working without fear of bricking a console not really designed for this sort of function?

 

If you use a convertor, you can change all vidoes in to MP4 format codec that will work on the PS3 (if streaming via Media Server is an issue setting up). I can't actually see an advantage or point in having Linux on your PS3.

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First of all its IMPOSSIBLE to brick your ps3 doing this(unless your talking about picking up a brick and throwing it at it) because its all supported by sony not like with the custom firmware stuff with PSP. I don't see why people think they can mess up there ps3 like this because you really can't. Also MP4 format works on PS3 yes but does every video format no? Also with the ps3 if it finds an error in the video file it will just stop playing it and label it as currupt data, while if your using VLC player it will just skip the few seconds that caused the error. I only listed the emulators because there the things that apeal to people the most. I could put features like Microsoft word, Powerpoint, virus software, Audio players, other internet browers, tv players, etc but no one would be intrested in that would they. Linux is well worth having on your ps3 if you go away on holiday somewere and take your ps3 with you because your basicly taking your computer with you.

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I think you misunderstand me fella.

 

I said convert all video that doesn't work to MP4 if you must transfer and play it on your PS3. I know not all formats work - there should be codec DLC in fact. I still don't see the point if you have a pc though (which I'm guessing a majority do). And what's wrong with a compact, lightweight laptop when you go on holiday? The idea of humping around a massive, heavy console for no reason doesn't appeal to me at all. I go to relax and explore, not sit in a room playing games (or whatever you like to do on your 'PC3') - I can do that at home.

 

I've used VLC for years and it's never done that. Video will just cut out if it's corrupt and you have to physically move the slider to get past the bad sectors.

 

The PS3 just doesn't have the hardware to cope with anything too complex, hence the usage of linux - script base used primarily for coding pieces of software. If it was meant to be used as a 'computer' then they would of built a desktop that can play BD games. But it's a console, refined and streamlined to do what it does best - play games. You can install XP on there if you wish but it's horrendously slow and pointless.Why? Because it's got as much RAM as my calculator and the CPU wasn't designed for those sort of computations.

 

There is nothing listed there to convice me of a reason to do it that my PC can't do 100 times easier and faster.

 

A valiant effort! ;)

 

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Khanij wrote:

I think you misunderstand me fella.

 

I said convert all video that doesn't work to MP4 if you must transfer and play it on your PS3. I know not all formats work - there should be codec DLC in fact. I still don't see the point if you have a pc though (which I'm guessing a majority do). And what's wrong with a compact, lightweight laptop when you go on holiday? The idea of humping around a massive, heavy console for no reason doesn't appeal to me at all. I go to relax and explore, not sit in a room playing games (or whatever you like to do on your 'PC3') - I can do that at home.

 

I've used VLC for years and it's never done that. Video will just cut out if it's corrupt and you have to physically move the slider to get past the bad sectors.

 

The PS3 just doesn't have the hardware to cope with anything too complex, hence the usage of linux - script base used primarily for coding pieces of software. If it was meant to be used as a 'computer' then they would of built a desktop that can play BD games. But it's a console, refined and streamlined to do what it does best - play games. You can install XP on there if you wish but it's horrendously slow and pointless.Why? Because it's got as much RAM as my calculator and the CPU wasn't designed for those sort of computations.

 

There is nothing listed there to convice me of a reason to do it that my PC can't do 100 times easier and faster.

 

A valiant effort! ;)

 


Yes why would you need to take a laptop on holiday when you have a ps3 that has a just about everything a laptop can do built in it + of couse a PS3 with all its original features. Linux is 3 times as fast as windows, it takes about 3 seconds to boot fully from the log in screen. Also VLC does that for me, when theres currupt video in the file it will skip through it while Sony's PS3 OS just wont play it. When Linux gets all the features windows has I will just ditch my Laptop and my Computer because everything is faster on YDL

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Khanij wrote:

I think you misunderstand me fella.

 

I said convert all video that doesn't work to MP4 if you must transfer and play it on your PS3. I know not all formats work - there should be codec DLC in fact. I still don't see the point if you have a pc though (which I'm guessing a majority do). And what's wrong with a compact, lightweight laptop when you go on holiday? The idea of humping around a massive, heavy console for no reason doesn't appeal to me at all. I go to relax and explore, not sit in a room playing games (or whatever you like to do on your 'PC3') - I can do that at home.

 

I've used VLC for years and it's never done that. Video will just cut out if it's corrupt and you have to physically move the slider to get past the bad sectors.

 

The PS3 just doesn't have the hardware to cope with anything too complex, hence the usage of linux - script base used primarily for coding pieces of software. If it was meant to be used as a 'computer' then they would of built a desktop that can play BD games. But it's a console, refined and streamlined to do what it does best - play games. You can install XP on there if you wish but it's horrendously slow and pointless.Why? Because it's got as much RAM as my calculator and the CPU wasn't designed for those sort of computations.

 

There is nothing listed there to convice me of a reason to do it that my PC can't do 100 times easier and faster.

 

A valiant effort! ;)

 


Yes why would you need to take a laptop on holiday when you have a ps3 that has a just about everything a laptop can do built in it + of couse a PS3 with all its original features. Linux is 3 times as fast as windows, it takes about 3 seconds to boot fully from the log in screen. Also VLC does that for me, when theres currupt video in the file it will skip through it while Sony's PS3 OS just wont play it. When Linux gets all the features windows has I will just ditch my Laptop and my Computer because everything is faster on YDL


It already has, all for free. The only thing i use windows for is for playing games, most of the time i'm on my linux partition.

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Also I would love to know where you got the idear of been able to brick your ps3 doing this because thats a load of rubbish.
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Anyone tell me if the 2 penguin images at the top have shown up correctly?
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willkill12345 wrote:
Anyone tell me if the 2 penguin images at the top have shown up correctly?

 

Yup there fine.
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Anyone tell me if the 2 penguin images at the top have shown up correctly?

i cant see em
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willkill12345 wrote:
Anyone tell me if the 2 penguin images at the top have shown up correctly?

i cant see em

 

You sure? Iv asked a few friends and they said they can see them ok, anyway, its not that important I guess, its the guide that matters :P
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I can see the penguins at the top,

 

Nice guide for anyone who would like to try installing linux on PS3, although you should never use root as your normal user account.

 

 Instead you should login to gnome with your normal account, then use the su command to gain root privelages.

 

Some details can be found here.

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/how-can-i-log-in-as-root/

 

 

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