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Petitboot Bootloader (OS Selector) For PS3

Uploaded by PS4 News - 04-10-2007

Petitboot is a graphical bootloader for the PlayStation 3. It's based on the existing kboot project, plus the twin windowing system for the GUI. At present, petitboot is very much a work-in-progress, but works on a test PS3. Petitboot is licensed under the GPL v2 and brought to you by Benjamin Herrenschmidt and Jeremy Kerr.


1. Put your otheros.bld file on to a USB disk, in a file called /PS3/otheros/otheros.bld. Assuming your USB disk is mounted at /media/usbdisk:

[jk@pokey ps3-kboot-0.1]$ mkdir -p /media/usbdisk/PS3/otheros
[jk@pokey ps3-kboot-0.1]$ cp otheros.bld /media/usbdisk/PS3/otheros/

If you don't have a USB disk, you can use any sort of media that the PS3 can read - CDROM, DVD, compact flash, etc. Just make sure that the file is called /PS3/otheros/otheros.bld.

2. Plug the USB disk into your PS3, and navigate to System -> System Settings -> Install Other OS. The PS3 should find the new file on the USB disk, and install it.

3. To boot with petitboot, just set your default operating system to "Other OS" (System -> System Settings -> Set Default OS), and reboot.

Petitboot wouldn't be possible without:

Keith Packard for the initial twin library
Werner Almesberger for the kboot infrastructure
Artwork from the kde