The all-powerful Ken Kutaragi, the Sony PlayStation guru, is famous for saying that Sony PS3 is a computer, not a videogame console. Speaking to GameSpot, he claimed that the PS3 will be able to run Apple Mac OS X (Tiger) and Linux operating systems. If true, it will give at least some credibility that the “PS3 is a computer not a console” theory. Kutaragi-san said there would be no difficulties running Mac OS X, Linux, or even Windows.
“…To the PS3, an OS is like any other application…[however] I think that perhaps you’ll see a general purpose Cell [built-in] OS,” Kutaragi said.”
Of course, he fails to mention that Apple would never allow OS X to be run on the PS3, neither will Microsoft allow their OS to run on anything containing a Cell CPU.
A post on Sony’s website states the following:
“The operating system has also yet to be clarified. The integrated Cell processor will be able to support a variety of operating systems (such as Linux or Apple’s Tiger).”
Sony has confirmed that the PS3 will come with a preinstalled Linux version, with a possibility of the Open Source community to program individual applications on the console.