February 1, 2002
Linux and PS2: A marriage made in heaven
Author: JT Smith
NewsFactor Network writes, "Consider the Sony PlayStation 2. For a retail price of US$300, you get a gaming console with excellent hardware capabilities. It has an IEEE 1394 port (which Sony calls iLink and Apple calls Firewire), two USB ports, and is capable of high-quality optical audio (DTS/Dolby Digital) and video (S-Video). In essence, it is the perfect gaming console. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Sony announced the availability of a Linux for PS2 option. For an additional $200, you get a 40 GB hard drive, a 100 Base-T Ethernet card, a computer monitor adapter and a keyboard and mouse. You also get the Linux operating system, compilers and programming tools. So for as little as $500, you'll be able to play the best-selling console games on the market, watch DVDs and get a very capable Linux workstation."