The PS3 and Linux – Back and Forth

So, I have a PS3 and just installed Yellow Dog Linux on it. Thought it’d be the distro to go with considering it’s the one that Sony has teamed up with. But, my issue is that I lack multiple keyboard/mouse-s and don’t want to have to switch them back and forth all the bloody time.

Like many (I imagine) I have decided to run it headless and run (X) Apps on the PS3 remotely. This is rather trivial to do and there exist many good tutorials including this one.

Once that is running, there is the matter of switching between the two. In the PS3 OS, just set the default OS to ‘other os’ to get to Linux. But, to get back, one must issue the command:


/usr/bin/ps3-boot-game-os

And auto-magically, we’re booting back into Sony’s OS. Well, there is a hitch. You must be logged in as root. NOT by just an su, but actually ssh’ing in as root.

So, there you have it. A way to run any (X) App you want remotely with a way to switch easily between the two OS’s. And all that without crawling around swapping cables.

EDIT: The reboot to game os isn’t fool proof. I had to hold down the power button for 5 seconds but, that still didn’t work. I then had to manually flip the power switch on the back of the PS3 to get it to boot again. It DID boot into the game os at that point, but still shouldn’t have had to do it. I guess there’s still some stuff for the YDL people to work out.

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