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  • Toshiba 300MHz R5900 MIPS IV core, FPU, 16 KB 2-way set-associative I-CACHE and an 8 KB 2-way set-associative D-CACHE, along with a 16 KB data scratchpad RAM; set of 128-bit multimedia extensions
  • 128bit Emotion Engine: two 128-bit VLIW vector units: VU0, VU1; 10 DMA channels; MPEG decoder
  • 32MB PC800 Direct Rambus (Direct RDRAM) memory
  • Sony Graphics Synthesizer™ graphic processor at 150MHz, 4Mb of 1024bit eDRAM
  • DVD ROM drive (not connected to an IDE bus)
  • 2 USB 1.0 Ports connected to an OHCI controller
  • 1 i.Link ( IEEE 1394 Firewire ) port (it is not possible to access the Firewire port from Linux)
  • New slim model has built-in ethernet, but is not able to store a harddisk (thus unable to boot Linux without netbooting)

Running Linux on the Playstation 2

At the moment, the newest Linux kernel version for the Playstation 2 is 2.4.17, which can be downloaded from the Sony website. The reason why newer kernel versions aren't available is because the Playstation 2 toolchain is too old to build newer kernels (GCC 2.95.2 and Binutils 2.9). Some people at PS2Dev have ported GCC 3.2.2 and Binutils 2.14 to the Playstation 2, but isn't developed to run Linux (only static ELF's).

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