Installing Debian on a PlayStation3
Unofficial modern bootloaders
Patching Sony's official firmware with OtherOS++
CFW means 'custom firmware'. It adds new options into Sony's XMB menu. Refer to the PS3 Developer Wiki for instructions. The CFWs can be downloaded from megaupload. Where it says "Run ... .pkg" it means install it using Game->Install Package Files then run it using Game->PSLight The target hard disc will be /dev/ps3dd. Do not worry if the create_hdd_region.sh does not work.
Installing the official debian CD does not work, because the CD drive somehow gets lost early in the install process.
AsbestOS / bootOS
AsbestOS has been renamed bootOS in version 2.01.
It is supposed to allow installation of debian.
Asbestos install debian squeeze as a live system in RAM and files on USB stick, on fat and sim ps3
kmeaw-asbestos-v1.5 clain working on FW 3.55 on both fat and sim PS3
Graf_Chokolo maintain a ps3wiki and do advanced developement for ps3
Old Sony OtherOS feature
This official feature was removed with Sony's firmware 3.21 and no longer works. These used old petitboot and kboot programs, which can be downloaded easily.
netboot debian installer
Eugen Paiuc 'adb' has produced PS3 Debian/sid live ISO
This can be loaded through petitboot, and installed to /dev/ps3da using debootstrap howto.
Building otheros.bld (petitboot) from source
This is untested, and obsolete, and here for reference only.
git clone git://nbd.name/openwrt.git base=59008615d8b31946d5845e0c146ec6d80d05caf5 (cd openwrt; git archive --format=tar --prefix=openwrt-petitboot/ $base) | tar xf - cd openwrt-petitboot ./scripts/feeds update ./scripts/feeds install -a wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/geoff/cell/ps3-petitboot/ps3-petitboot-09.11.30-owrt-patches.tar.bz2 tar xfv ps3-petitboot-09.11.30-owrt-patches.tar.bz2 mv ps3-petitboot-09.11.30-owrt-patches patches quilt push -a cp target/linux/ps3/petitboot/defconfig-ps3-petitboot .config make defconfig make cp bin/otheros.bld /media/disk/PS3/otheros/ ## use 'quilt pop' to remove the patch ps3-fb-rotate.diff if enabled, otherwise expect a 90º rotation on your screen