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I want to install Ubuntu Linux on a PS2 (model SCPH-50004). I have searched a lot on Google and other search engines, but only found this video on YouTube, and it's not quite what I wanted. I am quite new to Linux so I need help with this. Is it possible to install Ubuntu on a PS2? How?

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migrated from Oct 8 '12 at 20:16

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The processor of the PS2, called the "Emotion Engine", is a processor from the MIPS family. Since Ubuntu Linux only supports i386, AMD64, and ARM platforms, you cannot install it on the PS2. You need to look for a distribution that supports the MIPS platform.

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Do you know if its possible to compile Ubuntu for the MIPS family? – James Oct 8 '12 at 20:22
Yes, now I wonder that too, is it possible to build it build it for the MISP processor family. And sorry that I asked in the wrong place before. – AHugoH Oct 8 '12 at 20:24
There is a proposition since 27 Dec 2009 on Ubuntu Brainstorm about porting Ubuntu to MIPS and it doesn't look like a top priority. Technically speaking: "yes, it is possible"; this can be said as Debian (the distribution Ubuntu is forked from) has a MIPS port. However, it is important to understand that porting a distribution such as Ubuntu to a new platform is not only about providing a unique build. It is also maintaining it over time (i.e. rebuilding packages each time the is a security fix, etc.). Both those operations require lots of efforts... – p_piotr3k Oct 8 '12 at 20:45
Ok, I will try the Debian distrubution for mips then. – AHugoH Oct 11 '12 at 14:22
Now, when I was to download the mips Debian port, I saw that the Linux kernel it is using can be downloaded here. Couldn't I use that kernel on Ubuntu? – AHugoH Oct 12 '12 at 14:03

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