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Running Linux on the Sega Dreamcast

Sep 25, 2001 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Looking for a low-cost way to get started with embedded Linux? Or a fun weekend project? In this detailed how-to article, Bill Gatliff explains everything you need to do to install Linux on a Sega Dreamscast gaming console. Even the necessary Linux kernel, bootloader, and utility kernel patches are included and available for download. Gatliff writes . . .

“One of the more challenging aspects of learning about embedded Linux is the scarcity of cheap, compatible hardware. Sure, Linux runs fine on a personal computer, but does being able to run Linux on your workstation mean you can call yourself an embedded Linux guru?”

“Hardly. You may not believe me now, but you will shortly.”

“What's needed to really explore Linux as an embedded operating system is a well-documented, inexpensive and readily available hardware platform that isn't based on an Intel x86-compatible microprocessor. By excluding PCs, the list of candidates becomes: PDAs, internet appliances, and gaming consoles.”

“Yes, gaming consoles: that's the ticket. To encourage consumers to buy the games, gaming consoles are often sold at or below cost. And one of the cheapest ones around at the moment is the Sega Dreamcast, by virtue of the fact that it has been recently discontinued by Sega as they make way for their new products.”

“But will the Dreamcast run Linux? Sure! In fact, it already does . . .”

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