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Freeing older consoles to run any OS compiled for it

At the very least, please disable the hypervisor
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Since playstation 3 and xbox 360 is at it's end of life. Microsoft and Sony should at least disable the hypervisor to allow for any distro to be compiled and run on both consoles.

This is because, even if it is not as powerful, it is still relatively strong enough to be used as a normal computer. (Especially PS3 with it's CELL architecture, which would be useful for doing accelerated scientific computing on the cheap)

This will be very useful in keeping older consoles away from the scrap heap. Or at the very least be useful in say... getting more computers access in developing countries.

Or allowing for a real demoscene to occur with consoles.

mofosyne, Nov 09 2014

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       I agree. Sadly the balance of the law favors consumption rather than sustained use.
WcW, Nov 09 2014
  

       It's all the rights thing: should you be able to use a product that you paid for in a manner other than the original purpose ?   

       Should you be able to use AOL CD's as Frisbees ? record over a Gone With the Wind videotape ? Use the Human Genome Project to create mutant minions ?   

       The matter, in regards the PS3 at least, is currently in Appeals court in California.
FlyingToaster, Nov 09 2014
  

       //Use the Human Genome Project to create mutant minions ?// Wait - that's not OK?   

       Also, what is a hypervisor? And surely some hack has broken it already?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 09 2014
  

       You'd soon see new games written for these, and the poor schmucks would be out of a job and would have to take up an actually beneficial living instead.
RayfordSteele, Nov 09 2014
  

       What's the Appeals court thing btw FlyingToaster? If they win, will all PS3 be liberated from the oppressive hands of $ony? :D And will the same apply to Micro$oft?
mofosyne, Nov 10 2014
  

       I googled "PS3 Linux" and clicked on the wikipedia article that came up.
FlyingToaster, Nov 10 2014
  

       By the time you've found a whole bunch of PS3s, cleared a few shelves for them, looked through drawers for extension cord and power strips, networked them together, finished the network trouble shooting, installed linux... the cost of computing will have fallen. And you can just use a couple of serious graphics cards in a pc. PC computing power/$ has historically been better than consoles, consoles are released infrequently whereas there's always a new better graphics card.
bs0u0155, Nov 10 2014
  
      
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