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Installing Linux onto your Sony PS3

By: Andrew Jones | Guides | Posted: Feb 25, 2008 5:00 am

Setting Up Networking


Right, now settle down; you may be excited that you are playing with Linux on your Playstation 3, but right now it's still pretty useless. Let's get the network running so you can go online and tell your friend(s) how awesome Linux on the PS3 is, and maybe look at some porn for good measure.


To simplify things, I will refer to the round button to access the menus as "Start".


Click Start > Applications > System Tools > System Config > Network Config



Enter the root password (this is the administrator password you set up earlier, not your user password).


Double click eth0 and then select the wireless tab at the top of the menu.


Specify your wireless network's SSID name and input your WEP password with "0x" before it.


NB: At the time of writing with the PS3 2.0 firmware update, it has crippled the network hardware in Linux. Normally there should be a wired as well as wireless device in the list.


Click OK to finish, then select eth0 and click "Activate".



If all has gone well, you should now have internet access and you can open up Firefox and do a little surfing.


The next important thing to do is updates. Go to :-


Start > Apps > System Tools > Software Management > Software Updater



Enter the root password again (get used to doing this in Linux). The updater will look for available updates and once it has a list, you can click "apply".


This is a prime opportunity for another cup of tea, but by this time you may need to make a fresh pot. Rinse out the teapot with hot water and draw more fresh water to boil in the kettle.



Once the updates are finished, you are ready to roll! Well.... almost...


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