Well, a bit of good news! We now have a working PS3 wireless driver. To take advantage of it, you will need to have updated your PS3 firmware to the latest driver (~1.70) and grab the new new media and stages. The kernel being used is still a heavily patched version of 2.6.16. We’ll move to 2.6.2x as things firm up.
If you are an existing user, just checkout the cell overlay, emerge ps3-sources, grab the kernel.config from the files dir, and rebuild the kernel. Don’t forget to emerge wireless-tools
I have rebuilt the minimal install cd to support wireless. If you want to use wireless, here’s how it works. The wired and wireless share the same network devices (eth0) for now. So when you boot the PS3, be sure to have the Ethernet wire unplugged. The CD will make an automatic attempt to configure networking. I f (and likely when) that does not work, simply use the linux tools provided to configure your wireless connection.
You can use a command called
net-setup or do a
iwconfig eth0 params and then
dhcpcd -d eth0.
A word of warning
The new media (iso image) has a known networking bug. There seems to be something busted between a few components where dhcpcd is not being called against network devices. You will have to run dhcpcd against the network device to force autoconfiguration. Or you can run net-setup.
I have released new 32-bit and 64-bit userland stages. One of the key components of these new stages is they are based on our 2007.0 profiles. In fact it is a based on our 2007.0/32|64bit-userland/desktop/970 profile, which should fit the use of the PS3s a little better.
As always, use the documentation found at http://overlays.gentoo.org/proj/cell .
When I drop new stages, I always try to update the GRP repository. This should contain a whole bunch of updated userland applications like KDE, Gnome, gaim, xchat, editors, browsers, mail-clients. Have fun!
Remember Gentoo is a community effort. We are still looking for developers who want to join our ppc64 team and be a part of supporting the architecture. You can find us at #gentoo-ppc64 on Freenode.