Linux for PlayStation 2


Web site: (not active)
Origin: Japan
Category: Game
Desktop environment:
Architecture: PS2
Based on: MNU/Linux
Wikipedia: PlayStation 2
Media: Install
The last version | Released: | 2009

PS2 Linux (Linux for PlayStation 2 or PS2 Linux Kit) – a kit released by Sony in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 console. The kit includes GNU/Linux based operating system, keyboard, mouse, video adapter, network adapter and 40 GB hard drive, and allows the PlayStation 2 console to be used as a personal computer.

Only the SCPH-30000 model of the PS2 console is officially adapted to run Linux. The SCPH-50000 model allows you to run Linux only after updating the network adapter driver. The SCPH-70000 and SCPH-90000 versions (slim version) do not work with Linux on PS2 at all.

PS2 Linux distribution is based on Kondara MNU/Linux, a Japanese distribution itself based on Red Hat Linux.

Before installing the system, the console memory card must be formatted, which means that all game state records are removed from it.




Web site: (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Games
Desktop environment: Window Maker
Architecture: ps2
Based on: Debian
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.0 | April 9, 2003

BlackRhino GNU/Linux – a free Debian-based GNU/Linux software distribution for the Sony PlayStation 2. It contains over 1,200 software packages to aid in using and creating programs for the Sony PlayStation 2 Linux kit. The programs range in functionality from simple games, to text editors, compilers, web servers, windowing systems, database systems, graphics packages, mail servers and a variety of other tools and utilities.

BlackRhino was created by xRhino in an effort to bring a commercial Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution to the (WAYBACK)Sony PlayStation 2 for hobbyists and developers alike. As events unfolded, BlackRhino became useful in other ways and it was finally apparent that a public release should be made.

BlackRhino is available as a free download, which means users need to place it on a PlayStation 2 and boot to it. The PS2Linux kit provides all the needed hardware (hard drive, network adapter, etc) in addition to an on-disc Linux bootloader.


BlackRhino GNU/Linux 1.0 base image 21MB.tar.gz
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