Free Simplified Helios Linux Distribution for use in Sony PS3 Server released

Sony PS3, Helios Logo and Linux Logo

Helios Software, a leading developer of cross-platform networking, PDF and image server solutions for Mac, Windows, UNIX and Web clients has released a free download of is modified ‘Yellow Dog Linux’ (YDL) distribution optimized to use Sony PlayStation 3 as a test-drive server.

The PS3 Game Operating system offers entertainment features such as video games, movies and photos, and Helios’ simplified yellow Dog Linux adds a powerful server operating system. Together, they provide a unique combination of entertainment and server system.

What’s more, Helios has prepared a stripped down version of Yellow Dog Linux for the purpose of providing a light-weight, low overhead server environment on the PS3, and at the same time, offers an exciting test-drive platform for its file, print, PDF and image server software.

The PS3 uses a 64-bit Cell Processor which runs at 3.2GHz, is PowerPC compatible with 256MB of main memory and has performance comparable to a G5 single CPU. The PS3 also comes with the NVIDIA RSX Graphics Processing Unit, and has a 60GB 2.5-inch swappable serial ATA disk and offers WLAN and Gigabit Ethernet for network connectivity.

The HELIOS simplified YDL distribution comes on a CD disk image that installs in less than 6 minutes, and provides a high performance Linux server OS complete with DHCP network settings, support for Java 1.5 and AppleTalk enhanced kernel.

Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO and President of HELIOS Software explained, “Our Linux distribution for PS3 is another milestone in our support for the Open Source Community. And bringing our software to the Ps3 underlines in the most obvious way, the Helios Software runs everywhere; Beginning with UNIX and Intel Linux to Mac OS X, Windows and now the PS3 Entertainment Center.”