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February 4, 2011 // 7:06 pm - While graf_chokolo is busy working on returning PS3 OtherOS to the PlayStation 3 entertainment system and posting updates of his progress along the way, kmeaw shared a video of PS3 Linux on PlayStation 3 CFW 3.55 Custom Firmware today alongside AsbestOS Installer v0, v1 (for Fat PS3's), v1.1, v1.2, v1.3, v1.4, v1.5 and LV2 Patcher v9.

Download: AsbestOS Installer v0 for PS3 / AsbestOS Installer v1 for PS3 / AsbestOS Installer v1.1 for PS3 / AsbestOS Installer v1.2 for PS3 (Fat) / AsbestOS Installer v1.2 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.3 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.4 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.5 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.5 for PS3 (Release) / Kmeaw PS3 LV2 Patcher v9 (required) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #1) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #2) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #3) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #4) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #5) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #6) / PS3 Linux Kernel Image and Modules / PS3 LV1 Dumper

This tool installs AsbestOS, which can be used to boot Linux kernel from lv2patcher v9. Thanks to marcan for AsbestOS, Mathieulh and graf_chokolo for default.spp trick, geohot for dev_flash mount code. Thanks to jbc for testing and KingDong for the icon You would need to set up a DHCP, TFTP and NFS servers on your LAN to make it work. Wireless connection is not supported by AsbestOS yet. Have fun.

Here is what kmeaw had to say about it via IRC:

kmeaw: it is gentoo
kmeaw: marcan's rootfs
stuntcock: does your linux install have access to gameos from within linux and also to all spus?
kmeaw: no
kmeaw: it doesn't need usb stick
kmeaw: linux has access to all spus
kmeaw: gentoo is running from my laptop's hdd
kmeaw: but if you change your kernel parameters then you can install it on ps3's hdd like marcan did
Lush: is this a different approach than graf_chokolo?
kmeaw: i don't change VFLASH
GraFfiX: kmeaw:does X launch?
kmeaw: haven't tried yet but I think of a reason why it shouldn't
kmeaw: Xfbdev will definitely work
kmeaw: in this video ps3 boots gentoo from the network via nfs
kmeaw: laptop's harddrive partition is exported using nfs kernel server
GraFfiX: is nfs efficient?
GraFfiX: like speed-wise
kmeaw: yes, i have a home NAS exported via nfs
kmeaw: works faster for me than samba
kmeaw: there are no full support for rsx yet
kmeaw: s/are/is/
GraFfiX: kmeaw:do you see any reason why xbmc would not run when we have full rsx?
stuntcock: someone has to code a driver for the video
stuntcock: right
kmeaw: no
kmeaw: when we have full rsx support in linux drivers, then everything should work
kmeaw: i have released asbestos installer
kmeaw: however, it will need some network services configured (DHCP, TFTP and NFS) to make it work
kmeaw: see marcan42's posts for more information
kmeaw: note that asbestos requires lv2 patcher v9
kmeaw: it won't work with v8
kmeaw: - debian squeeze with lxde graphical environment, bootable from usb disk on a ps3
kmeaw: latest version is v1.2
kmeaw: it can work without ethernet cable at all
kmeaw: however it still supports ethernet booting for developers that would like to experiment with their own kernel builds

How to Install AsbestOS via Debian

1. install AsbestOS installer v1 or higher
2. partition a USB disk to have at least one partition (FAT-formatted);
3. unpack linux.img ( or and put it into the root dir of usb disk;
4. run AsbestOS installer;
5. install lv2 patcher v9 or higher
6. attach an ethernet cable, connected to a network with a dhcp-server (just for the initial boot, it can be a SOHO router - just anything with DHCP);(NO LONGER NECESSARY IN ASBESTOS 1.2+)
7. run lv2 patcher and select "Linux";
8. as you see the fb console with penguins, you can unplug the ethernet cable;(NO LONGER NECESSARY IN ASBESTOS 1.2+)
9. login: ps3, password: ps3.

If you don't see anything, press Ctrl-Alt-F1, then Alt-F7.

Marcan Guide to Running Gentoo Linux on PS3

ubuntu-desktop% sudo apt-get install dhcp3-server tftpd-hpa nfs-kernel-server = rootfs = kernel image and modules

extract rootfs into /mnt/experimental:
% sudo mkdir -p /mnt/experimental
% sudo tar -C /mnt/experimental -xvpf /path/to/gentoo-ps3-20101020.tar.bz2

then copy 2.6.36-rc7-01073-g47a9595-dirty from ps3linux.tar.gz into /mnt/experimental/lib/modules.

Set up the DHCP server. Put this in /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf:

option domain-name "";
option domain-name-servers,;
default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;
ddns-update-style none;
log-facility local7;
subnet netmask {
filename "kboot.conf";
option routers;

Set up your wired network interface (eth0) to have a static IP address "".

Copy vmlinux file into /var/lib/tftpboot.

add this line to /etc/exports (requires root privs):


Then everything is done. Let's start up the services:

% sudo service tftpd-hpa restart
% sudo service dhcp3-server restart
% sudo service nfs-kernel-server restart

Create a kboot.conf file in /var/lib/tftpboot with this line inside:

linux='vmlinux video=ps3fb:mode:2 root=/dev/nfs rw ip=dhcp nfsroot= panic=5'

That's all. Run Linux from lv2patcher v9 and see if it boots.

Video: PS3 Linux on Kmeaw CFW 3.55 Custom Firmware

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#62 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 2:26 pm
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From windows I'm unraring directly to the USB HDD (No room on the internal) There are 10 linux0*.img files in the root.

Lv2 v9
AsbestOS v1.5
kmeaw 3.55 MFW
USBHDD is on slot 0 (USB0000)

Same HDD, same slot and the other Linux works (debian-v2 2GB image)

#61 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 2:12 pm
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That one IS ubuntu, just ftp all 10 img files to /hdd0/ and DONT rename them. It'll boot into the ubuntu 11.04 net installer so you can pick which ubuntu version to install and it'll download it and install it.

If you get an error post it here and i'll try to help, but make sure you're using the 1.5 asbestOS

#60 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 2:05 pm
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Out of the 3 different LINUX.IMG's only 1 worked. I don't like that Linux so I'm looking for another. I would like to use Ubuntu as I use that on my netbook too.

#59 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 1:19 pm
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lol because its 10 parts genius, linux00 - linux09 - the 10 parts make up a 10GB filesystem image. The loopback mounter in the bootloader knows the file has been split (bad superblock) so once it gets to the end of one it carries on to the next one until it gets to the end. I'm using it now, it does work but if you want to argue and make yourself look foolish go ahead, otherwise just TRY IT!

#58 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 12:44 pm
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I've tried 3 Linux images and only 1 works and this one doesn't for the exact reason I said. ITS GOT THE WRONG NAME.

It's obvious. If AsbestOS looks for LINUX.IMG then why call it LINUX00.IMG. Of course its not going to work its got the wrong name.

#57 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 5:48 am
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i'm guessing that both, you didn't bother to try & you know sweet fa about loopback filesystems lol

#56 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 5:37 am
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Nice but this won't work as its not named LINUX.IMG, it's named LINUX00.IMG

#55 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 3:19 am
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ok had a quick play, asbestOS v1.5 has access to the ps3 internal HDD gameOS partitions which can simplify install no end.

I used a ubuntu 11.04 installer image (10GB partition size) and just ftp'd it to the root of hdd0 (/HDD0/) and low and behold it booted straight off, no messing with SD cards or externals.

The Installer image for Ubuntu is here -

After you extract the archive (157.42MB) you'll be left with 10 x 1GB .img files just ftp ALL of these to the root folder and you're good to go, launch asbestOS as normal.

It's a network install so you will need an internet connection to download the required packages, I went with an Xubuntu desktop install since its a bit quicker than gnome. after install you can use wireless for internet access and the login is username ps3 password ps3.

#54 - PS4 News - February 11, 2011 // 10:34 pm
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Added to the first post as well- Thanks barrybarryk and +Rep!

#53 - barrybarryk - February 11, 2011 // 10:30 pm
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asbestOS v1.5 has been released.

I haven't had a play with it yet or found a decent list of changes apart from "stability increase" but I'll post again here after justified is over and I have had a little tinker with it.