Recently I got hold of a PlayStation 3 and pretty much instantly tried to install Linux on it. It is a bit time-consuming but a surprisingly straight-forward affair. Documents, articles and blogs already exist aplenty on how to install Linux on the PS3 so this blog is just to note what I found strange along the way.
Hooking up to a VGA Monitor
Considering the number of hits you find when googling for PS3 to VGA converter, it is surprising there is not an obviously named piece of kit out there already. If using the HDMI cable, it must be connecting to HDCP-complaint display which rules out adapters of any sort if do not own such a device. I don't but found that a VGA TV Gamer Box called a called TVBox 1440 on maplins.co.uk that did the job of hooking the PS3 up to a bog-standard monitor.
Installing Linux (Debian)
The most straight-forward guide I found to install was on IBM developerWorks. It is pretty dated but gets most of the basics. Early on, I installed Debian. At the time I tried, the Debian Live CD was not able to start X properly but the Debian Installer worked just fine. If going this route, be sure to avoid trying to setup a PReP partition. Not only do you not need it, but the installer makes a shambles of trying and gets seriously confused.
Many guides make reference to running this command to alter video (or getting it right in the first place in some cases). On install, I converted an RPM package from rpmfind.net although I've spotted since that I could have tried the Debian packages linked from here so look around. The actual git tree is git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/geoff/ps3-utils.git.
Other Post-Install Tasks
I found I had to add the ps3 sound module to modules.conf as it was not loaded automatically. Most stuff installed without headache although mileage varied considerably with movie players. xine had a strange echo effect but mplayer appeared to get it right. I did not track down why this is but I found it odd that I experienced a similar problem on my T60P ages back for a brief period of time.