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February 4, 2011 // 8:06 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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#22 - Jes03 - February 5, 2011 // 6:53 am
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I'm sure someone made a video driver about the same time OtherOS was removed. Do a google and you might find it.

#21 - antuss - February 5, 2011 // 6:43 am
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nvidia drivers are all x86, not powerpc/cell, and have no source, so can not be recompiled for the different architecture.

this boots linux, but uses a pc to serve the files that are normally on the hard disk over the network instead. He says you can do it from internal hdd though.

if you didnt understand this from the original info provided, your probably better off waiting a little for a more noob friendly method.

proper rsx support probably wont be so easy, will have to wait and see.

#20 - Thingy - February 5, 2011 // 6:23 am
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Hi, where do I upload those files? I think files:


#19 - proskopina - February 5, 2011 // 5:08 am
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great job!!!!!
thanks boss for sharing and the devs also for their hard work!!!!!

#18 - moja - February 5, 2011 // 4:40 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Jes03 View Post
So this doesn't actually run Linux, it links to another PC with Linux running on it?

I'm still unsure what it really does and if it'll be anything like OtherOS where you had a standalone Linux installed on your PS3.

I think it boots a network image into memory, kinda interesting. I think Graf is working on a native install option if I am reading correctly. Should be good. Hopefully this is just friendly competition between projects.

#17 - Jes03 - February 5, 2011 // 2:58 am
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So this doesn't actually run Linux, it links to another PC with Linux running on it?

I'm still unsure what it really does and if it'll be anything like OtherOS where you had a standalone Linux installed on your PS3.

#16 - dynmosaic - February 5, 2011 // 12:57 am
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A couple of Qs:

1. Since AsBestOs loader does not support WiFi yet, I guess we have to use an ethernet connection on the PS3 side? What about the linux machine? Does it have to be connected wired, or could be wireless?

2. The requirement of eth0 to be, which is the ip address of the machine running the linux box. I am using ubuntu running as a client inside the Vmware Workstation, could this pose a problem? Could the ip address be adjusted? Sounds like now it's being hardcoded?

#15 - condorstrike - February 4, 2011 // 10:45 pm
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been following this on the irc, and it should be noted that Kmeaw says you can run any Kernel on it and it's coded with psl1ght, awesome work as always Kmeaw...

#14 - Jes03 - February 4, 2011 // 10:43 pm
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I don't get it? AsbestOS needs Lv2v9 which is a 3.55 kmeaw addon/hen but its for 3.41 only???

I'm interested in Linux with GUI from GameOS. So I can still play my games but also use Linux. Which one does this? Oh, I'm on 3.55Wani-v2

#13 - FMAranda - February 4, 2011 // 10:08 pm
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Is it out already? That was fast!