FreeBSD for Sony Playstation3?

Joshua Isom jrisom at
Fri Nov 30 22:33:23 PST 2007

On Nov 30, 2007, at 11:48 PM, perryh at wrote:

>>> ... will consider porting FreeBSD to Sony
>>> Playstation3?
>> ... NetBSD works like a charm on Sony Playstation2
>> and my guess will be that NetBSD 4.0 which is supposed to
>> be released about the same time as FreeBSD 7.0 will work
>> on Playstation3.
> The IBM Cell processor in the PS3 is unique beast, similar in many
> ways to a PPC970 but with enough subtle (and some not-so-subtle)
> differences that the port would likely need to be overseen by
> someone familiar with such undertakings.  This is not to predict
> that NetBSD 4.0 will or won't support it -- that could reasonably
> be asked on a NetBSD list -- but be aware that it may turn out to
> be a bigger job than one might initially expect.

Also don't forget, since it is a multiprocessor system, there's the 
difference between booting the OS and userland and taking full 
advantage of the hardware.

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