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Default Is there no NetBSD port for Playstation ps3?

Hi, I looked over the NetBSD site (maybe not carefully enough?)

I see a port for the PS2 but not for the PS3. Does anyone know what the status of a PS3 port is?

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I see a port for the PS2 but not for the PS3. Does anyone know what the status of a PS3 port is?
I suspect there is little interest in taking on Sony's legal department.

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It's officially unofficial.. it looks like someone was once working on it, but perhaps no longer?

Google (..did you do that?) found a couple pages, like this one.. but the majority of the results appear to be mailing list announcements.
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Hi, I looked over the NetBSD site (maybe not carefully enough?)

I see a port for the PS2 but not for the PS3. Does anyone know what the status of a PS3 port is?

Thanks.
There was a thread about two years ago on one of the FreeBSD mailing lists. The answer is that PS3 is completely different beast than PS2 and much much harder port. To my knowledge except two FreeBSD people who work at one of upstate New York state universities nobody was even trying to see how complicated would be to do something like that.

Sorry for bad news. Unfortunately lots of NetBSD ports are in sorry state.
An example is Sparc64 port which is a joke comparing to OpenBSD.
One of the principal problems in porting NetBSD or OpenBSD to different
hardware is the lack of a good tool chain which brings us to the issue of
Portable C Compiler. If GCC gets replaced with PCC in the near future we will see revival of the things like OpenBSD Amiga or Atari port.

For curious people one indication how far the things are already in progress there is a talk on AsiaBSDCON about replacing Groff which
is the only C++ code in the base of OpenBSD with new Nroff based
program for man pages which is coded in pure C. As you probably heard
PCC is C only compiler as it should be so that is about the last peace of
missing puzzle.
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The PS3's Cell processor looks like a PPC to user-installed operating systems (The big Linux distribution used is YellowDog) so just use NetBSD-PPC and there's a chance that it will work. That being the case, there may not need to be a special port just for PS3. I've not looked into the steps involved, so it may not be that simple, but look into the steps for linux, it's probably very similar. The point is it isn't (necessarily) hopeless.

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