The reason sony took it away is because it was not usable as a general purpose linux install. The Graphics subsysystem was locked out so the linux gui was too slow to use. If you're into command line os's then it'd work fine... but most of us installed a normal linux image and it ran so PAINFULLY slow that it made the console look bad.
Meh, wouldn't it be easier to have an actual laptop? If the intent is to have it as a portable gaming device, this is not the way I'd want it. Don't get me wrong, it looks cool and I admire the craftsmanship but it seems totally impractical to me.
Ben Heck's stuff is fantastic. He's been doing this kind of stuff for a good while now and his console mods are always super-professional. The work he's done on one handed console controllers is also inspirational.
I think its just AWESOME!
Now, if he adapt the keyboard, touchpad, a couple of USB ports and a hack to allow Linux install with RSX 2D/3D acceleration on Linux we may have a nice SUPERCOMPUTING Laptop.
[citation][nom]D_Kuhn[/nom]The reason sony took it away is because it was not usable as a general purpose linux install.[/citation]Actually it was probably economics. The consoles are sold at a lost with the expectation that software royalties will make up for it. If you buy a dozen consoles and turn them into a cluster instead of buying games then the manufacturer is subsidizing your activity instead of profiting from it.
... Nah. It's pretty cool. Useless, but pretty cool. The author really should edit it to say "Many PS3s models (not this one) are capable of running Linux". Could a PS3 original even fit into this kind of mod?
Its a portable high-end game mod. Not a computer. The intent was never to be a computer. If the person wanted a computer, he could spend $500~650 on a HP/Acer with a 17" screen and be more functional without the work.
Yeah, battery would always be a problem... Even if he stuck in a battery that is twice as big as a typical 17" notebook, the PS3-mod would only have enough power for about 30min... at best.
But having the monitor included with his MOD, it allows him to setup anywhere with AC, to play.
When I and most people use our notebooks, its with AC power. (1) faster CPU mode (2) brighter screen. I'd say out of 10hrs of use, maybe 1 of it would be on battery mode.
This has been done with 360 hardware a few years no... So no, not impressed the slightest.
Always loved Sony tactics though and why i in reality hate their guts. They sucked too much out of me and wont happen again unless the invent fully virual reality or something till ten they can kma.