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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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#52 - barrybarryk - February 11, 2011 // 6:50 pm
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run the asbestOS 1.3 icon thats on the xmb in the game catagory, not the install pkg files bit. after that completes try lv2 v9 patcher again and it should be there.

Here's a few pages that helped setting up netboot for other distro's on the PS3, actually from SCE themselves too.

#51 - shadowers - February 11, 2011 // 6:03 pm
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I believe so, although I am not 100% sure what you are asking.

#50 - barrybarryk - February 11, 2011 // 5:55 pm
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did you run the AsbestOS 1.3 installer after the initial install to the ps3 xmb?

#49 - shadowers - February 11, 2011 // 5:35 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by joffe View Post
Did you run AsbestOS installer before?

Yes, I did install it before running the lv2 patcher. I have Asbestos 1.3 installed.

#48 - barrybarryk - February 11, 2011 // 5:00 pm
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yep you don't need to extract it, if you're running linux you can mount the .img to a folder and have a peek inside or to resize it.

The netboot works just like netbooting any other linux distro and can be done under windows too but the biggest drawback is finding a PS3 distro spin and rootfs to mount. it's the asbestOS bootloader which is seriously restricting the way we boot linux but with graf's method compatible with petiboot and other bootloaders i think it's better to just wait.

not that I'm bashing asbestOS, it's a great loader it just lacks a few options that are in other loaders.

#47 - FMAranda - February 11, 2011 // 12:42 pm
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You don't need to unpack the linux.img, just put this file in a root of a usb flash drive and you're ready.

#46 - lebanongov - February 11, 2011 // 12:40 pm
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how to unpack linux.img- is that extract from zip file or unpack the actual image . I'm running mac and it does not recognize the Linux .img as a valid image file

#45 - joffe - February 11, 2011 // 11:42 am
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Quote Originally Posted by shadowers View Post
When I open Lv2 patcher V9, I don't see a Linux option.

Did you run AsbestOS installer before?

#44 - shadowers - February 11, 2011 // 3:53 am
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When I open Lv2 patcher V9, I don't see a Linux option.

#43 - daveshooter - February 11, 2011 // 12:46 am
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Thank you Barry for that, I found your post useful.

Here is a ftp link ( to a site that has all Linux stuff, and some PS3 live distros under /gentoo/experimental/ppc64/livecd

there's a lot of live powerpc stuff there in other distro's as well, hope this come in handy.