Generation: Gamerz What To Do When You Get Bored of Your PS3 Games?

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Well install Linux on it of course! Leading digital workflow specialist HELIOS has tapped into the power of the Playstation 3 platform. HELIOS has customized a version of Linux to allow its server suite to run on the PS3 hardware.

The free installer will be available from the UK distributor's website from 1st of June. It utilities Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 as its operating system, and it includes a test drive version of HELIOS UB, the enterprise client server solution. It is believed that this is the first instance of the games platform being used for a business server solution.

The reasons for porting HELIOS to the PS3 are more than simply showing off programming skills of the HELIOS team. It is of course more usual to have the enterprise software running on much more expensive platforms, such as IBM blade servers or Apple Xserves. But the PS3 is capable of lighter duties, and will be used by the HELIOS sales team to demonstrate the software to customers. With fully loaded servers running into multiple thousands of pounds, a compact demonstration server for under £500 makes perfect sense.

The HELIOS bundle included on the disc image will run for four hours at a time, allowing users to see what HELIOS can do. Software bundled would cost over £10,000, and getting it to run on a £425 gaming platform is quite a feat.

Dr John Yardley, MD of HELIOS distributor JPY Plc, said "It might seem like a crazy idea, but pound for pound the PS3 offers amazing power. I expect plenty of Linux enthusiasts will find good uses for the installation, which includes powerful tools like EtherShare and WebShare. Getting HELIOS running on the platform is akin to cramming a Spitfire engine into a Mini!" The Linux installer is customised to make the best use of the limited memory available on the PS3. The disk image installs Yellow Dog Linux in under 10 minutes, with a configuration designed to optimise performance offering 40% more memory than the standard config.

Advantages of the HELIOS PS3 Linux installation:

* Free download from HELIOS web site

· Easy installation, ready to run in a few minutes
· Excellent Linux on PS3 documentation from HELIOS
· Dedicated server operating system with optimized performance (40% more memory available)
· Java 1.5 runtime is pre-installed
· Easy maintenance shell from CD
· HELIOS services are pre-installed as a test drive

Of course if you really want to run Linux on your PS3 then you go a more hardcore route than this package. Not to mention this package is only a demonstration and will run for only 4 hours at a time. Though I am certain there are those of you who can and will hack up the package and fix that. After all the homebrew market is all about doing what we were not meant to do in the first place. So if you are looking for something to wile away the time until the next big game hits the PS3 then this might be just the thing!

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