Sony bows to pressure, unveils Linux for PS2

It will be available from June, in Japan only, according to Yuko Takano, a spokeswoman for the company. She did not rule out the possibility of developing the kit for international users in the future.

The beta version of the PS2 Linux Kit consists of a software DVD-ROM (Digital Versatile Disc), a hard disk drive unit, a USB (Universal Serial Bus) keyboard, a USB mouse, and VGA (Video Graphics Array) adaptor. At first, 1000 kits will be distributed through SCEI's Playstation.com web site and that number could be increased according to the demand, the company reported.

The price of the kit is expected to be 25,000 yen ($360).

The PS2 has been attractive to the Linux community as a platform since its appearance in March 2000 because of its ability to play game software with high-quality images and sounds at a high-speed.

"At a party this year, I had a chance to have a chat with Mr. Kutaragi (SCEI President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Kutaragi) and told him that I like the PS2 console but its game software is boring," said Masami Ogoshi, the chairman of the Japan Linux Association.

Ogoshi said that when he told Kutaragi he would be able to make more interesting games if there was Linux support for the PS2, Kutaragi suggested to him that pressure was needed from outside the company, as it had the product ready but was holding off on a launch.

"We campaigned for the potential of the PS2. With the Linux OS there are many possibilities, not only game software", said Ogoshi.

A petition calling for Linux support on the PS2 started in February had collected more than 7000 signatures worldwide by 4 May.

The company's decision was entirely motivated by the users' demand, SCEI's Takano said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kuriko Miyake

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?