We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,131 News Articles

PS3 for business enabled by Linux

Helios to release free installer for PlayStation 3

Helios could turn Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) into a business tool, after figuring out how to install its media asset management software on the console.

The company has customised a version of Linux to allow its server suite to run on the PS3 hardware, and will release a free installer (which uses the Yellow Dog Linux distribution) through UK distributor, JPY's website on 1 June.

The installer includes a test drive version of Helios UB, the enterprise client server solution which customarily works on a more expensive IBM Blade Server or Xserve. Helios reckons using a PS3 cuts the cost of deploying such solutions to under £500.

The bundle included on the disc image will run for four hours at a time, allowing users to see what the software can do.

Helios managing director, Dr John Yardley said: "It might seem like a crazy idea, but pound for pound the PS3 offers amazing power. I expect plenty of Linux enthusiasts will find good uses for the installation, which includes powerful tools like EtherShare and WebShare. Getting Helios running on the platform is akin to cramming a Spitfire engine into a Mini!"

The PS3 uses a 64-bit Cell processor that runs at 3.2GHz, is PowerPC-compatible with 256MB of main memory, and has performance comparable to a single processor G5 Power Mac.


IDG UK Sites

8 cheapest 4G smartphones in the UK 2014: Best budget 4G phones

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook Air lab tests and benchmarks: 11-inch & 13-inch, 256GB, 2014 Mac laptops tested

IDG UK Sites

How to prank people using Google Glass

IDG UK Sites

Brian Cox to step into will.i.am's shoes with IBC keynote