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GameCube-Powered Webserver

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the but-does-it-play-dvds dept.

GameCube (Games) 277

Daniel Kolph writes "The GameCube Linux Project has just released, what they call the GameCube Linux Alpha This is an 1 MB busybox-based Linux system that contains screen output, network code, a telnet server and a webserver. They also provide a kernel patch. (Screenshots/Download)"

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feep (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175207)

feep feep

First (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175208)

Frosty piss.

Re:First (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175214)

you fail it!

Gamecube rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175211)

fp

Re:Gamecube rules!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175237)

you fail it too!

Re:Gamecube rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175268)

XBox'ler

Once it's slashdotted (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175218)

Let's just get the 'they must be running their website on it' joke out of the way right now.

Re:Once it's slashdotted (2, Informative)

DrLZRDMN (728996) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175279)

Actualy, they are, check out the screenshot [gc-linux.org]

Re:Once it's slashdotted (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175309)

Uh, no they are not.

Re:Once it's slashdotted (1)

SphericalCrusher (739397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175621)

I think it's a pretty interesting idea... I just hope it works out and doesn't fuck up their GameCube. No GameCube deserves to die. =/

zzzzzz (-1, Redundant)

barcodez (580516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175219)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these....

Re:zzzzzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175251)

As long as it plays chess

Uh, (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175265)

where are all the white women at?

Re:Uh, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175336)

where are all the white women at?

they be porting me a 40 from da licka sto.

May as well get it out of the way... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175225)

Looks like their server is powered by a gamecube.

Mario can't handle the load of the pipe, we may need another plumber.

I can't think of any more lame jokes

Re:May as well get it out of the way... (5, Funny)

randomErr (172078) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175611)

Kirby is sucking up all the bandwidth.

Re:May as well get it out of the way... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175657)

Every 30 minutes or so they have to stop and complete a level of Darl Kong.

Soooo... (3, Insightful)

mac os ken (732050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175226)

I can run Linux on my GameCube and OS X on my XBox 2 now? Man today is a great /. day for hacking videogame consoles. PowerPC rocks.

Re:Soooo... (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175331)

"I can run Linux on my GameCube and OS X on my XBox 2 now? Man today is a great /. day for hacking videogame consoles. PowerPC rocks."

What happens when you're done making Linux boot?

Re:Soooo... (5, Funny)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175455)

step 3: profit

Re:Soooo... (1, Funny)

Cipster (623378) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175514)

Invite all my bitchez over and tap them azzes off course. Isn't that what every kernel hacker does?

Tom's Hardware benchmark? (5, Funny)

ChiralSoftware (743411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175227)

Sony PS2/Linux vs. Gamecube Linux vs. Xbox Linux? I'm looking forward to seeing which is the better choice for my database cluster.

How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175253)

A PC...

Re:How about... (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175291)

so Xbox Linux, then?

None of the above when $100 buys you a PIV mobo (5, Insightful)

Ayanami Rei (621112) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175363)

with network built in, and a cheap OEM celeron. Mix in bootable USB key, RAM, power supply, shake. Serve cold.

In fact, none of the PS2, Gamecube, or XBox have NEARLY enough RAM to even fathom running a database, let alone much else (since you can't even cache very much from fixed media, for example).

Duh.

It might make a good kerberos or DNS server or something that needs to be "hardened" and always up, with a small in-memory image. But that's probably only going to fly in a college dorm at a Tech University.

Man, I knew /. was going down but.. (0, Offtopic)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175467)

come ON. Has *everyone* lost their sense of humour?

The fact that the parent was not only posted, but that people are modding it +1 Informative, has made me lose all faith in this site.

Re:Tom's Hardware benchmark? (1)

ChiralSoftware (743411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175393)

I'm glad the moderators had the wisdom to switch my comment from "insightful" to "funny". If that is "insightful" the moderators need help!

Create a WAP server [chiralsoftware.net] now

new hall of famer (0)

reuben04 (740293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175228)

/.'d before 4 comments... unreachable

Neat (0, Insightful)

TurnerK12 (748592) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175230)

I wonder if this be anything like the WarpPipe project. So far they're software works with Mario Kart: Double Dash and a few other games. I guess that's only for fooling games with LAN support into playing online though. Any online news about the Gamecube is great though. This is some great news.
---
http://spaceruckus.web1000.com [web1000.com]
These guys are putting together a free 3D action/adventure game.

Re:Neat (2, Informative)

Paladine97 (467512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175303)

This is in no way like the WarpPipe project.

The Warppipe project is a PC application and creates a virtual LAN among Gamecubes over the Internet.

This is Linux on the Gamecube. As in running directly on the Gamecube. You won't be able to play any Gamecube games in this mode.

Re:Neat (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175674)

They're software? Cool! I want to be software too! Seriously! Teach YOURself proper grammar!

Obligatory "it melted!" comment (0, Redundant)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175231)

Maybe that's what they're running it on because it sure as heck isn't loading anymore. :P

The site www.gc-linux.org is running Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) PHP/4.1.2 on Linux

Hey, maybe they ARE eating their own dogfood.. :)

Gamecube Linux Alpha? (2, Funny)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175233)

Who the hell's gonna use before they port it from Alpha to PowerPC?

Let's get this out of the way (-1, Redundant)

zerocool^ (112121) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175236)

*HAHA* Obligitory joke to the effect of:

WOWzerz! Their webserver must be running on a gamecube, too!!1! We slahsdot teh server!

Nothing more to see here, move along.

~Will

Better than Xbox (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175238)

So now both the games and the OS are better than Xbox

XBox rules!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175242)

first post

A first for everything? (2, Funny)

ryanjensen (741218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175246)

Is this the first-ever Shashdotted GameCube? First-ever Slashdotted game console period?

Re:A first for everything? (2, Interesting)

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175313)

First-ever Slashdotted game console period?
Unlikely, since there have been Linux and Apache ports to the PS2 and DreamCast for some time. They probably slashdotted an XBOX as well.

Now if they get an atari 2600.. I'd be impressed.

Re:A first for everything? (1)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175346)

you must have missed this [slashdot.org] . The Dreamcast webserver.. woohoo.

Re:A first for everything? (1)

paradesign (561561) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175373)

No, i think that we nailed a C64 a while back. To lazy to find the article though.

Re:A first for everything? (2, Informative)

CrystalArchangel (627622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175381)

Definiatlly not the first game console webserver. Besides the PS2 and Dreamcast, there was also The GBA webserver. [fivemouse.com] [fivemouse.com]

Re:A first for everything? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175681)

Hi! Welcome to Slashdot!

I see that you're new here...

Would be an fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175255)

but I had to use lynx from my game cube.

Mirror (5, Informative)

FiberOpPraise (607416) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175256)

Mirror! [fibersnet.net]

Liberal ideas are subtle,nuanced and sophisticated (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175257)

BUSH=HITLER! for example

Re:Liberal ideas are subtle,nuanced and sophistica (-1, Offtopic)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175449)

Wow, this must a be first. A liberal statement being modded Troll. Its usually +5. Has the environment of /. changed? Probably not, but at least some of us are still out there.

Re:Liberal ideas are subtle,nuanced and sophistica (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175529)

now if someone will just come by and mod you for offtopic we can call it a day.

Re:Liberal ideas are subtle,nuanced and sophistica (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175580)

I believe the moderator correctly identified it as an anti-Liberal statement hence the troll mod.
Liberals blame their utter lack of success in talk radio and internet discussion is that their arguments are too nuanced,subtle and sophisticated recognizing the many shades of gray not just the simplistic conservative notions of good/evil, right/wrong, black/white.(Not to mention ClearChannel and the EVIL Corporate media stifling free speech!)
However when they expresss themselves Liberals?Progressives...whatever can only come up with:
Bush=Hitler
Illegal,immoral war
stolen election!
hurting children!
look in the mirror America...there is the real terrorist!
and the like.

Re:Liberal ideas are subtle,nuanced and sophistica (-1, Offtopic)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175668)

Well liberals can't take the fact that conservative radio is so huge because they tell the truth. Liberals believe YOU should believe what they tell you. Conservatives believe YOU should believe what YOU want to believe. They only point out the truth and the conservatives can't handle that.

Re:Liberal ideas are subtle,nuanced and sophistica (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175714)

Ah irony.

Not the troll mod on the liberal bashing gpp, but that a sarcastic post complaining about liberal claims of the intellectual high ground went over your head.

My country right or wrong (unless those fucking Democrats are in power). Smaller, less intrusive government (unless we need secret police powers to protect freedom). Fascism and torture are bad (unless our allies are the perpetrators). Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. Science must be restrained by Christian morality, but business must not be restrained by anything.

See, I do understand conservative political thought.

New use for old kit (3, Funny)

BeerCat (685972) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175259)

"Dad, I'm tired of my old console. It's not cutting edge any more!"

"No problem, son. Give it to me, and I'll turn it into neat server"

So, after things like C64 servers, and various other Linux on console builds, what's the next challenge? A Sinclair ZX81 (Timex 1000) server?

Re:New use for old kit (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175349)

This is getting way out of hand.

"Dad, I'm tired of my BMW. It's not cutting edge any more!"

"No problem, son. Park it out back, and I'll turn it into a neat Beowulf cluster."

Re:New use for old kit (1)

caino59 (313096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175428)

TRS-80

aww..cmon, you know you want to :oP

Let me be the first to say. . . (5, Insightful)

Excen (686416) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175261)


[Insert witty Beowulf cluster joke here]

Seriously though, why would someone do this? It's not going to be very powerful, there's no way in hades it would survive a /.ing, besides the geek factor, why would this even be remotely considered? The X-Box would be a better platform for mods than a Gamecube, when just considering hardware.

obvious (4, Insightful)

Andorion (526481) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175350)

Because it's there.

~Berj

Re:Let me be the first to say. . . (1)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175352)

Well, the Gamecube is $100 cheaper than the XBox. Maybe 2 GCs > 1 Xbox?

Re:Let me be the first to say. . . (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175433)

What will we have conquered? None but ourselves. - George Mallory

KFG

Re:Let me be the first to say. . . (2, Insightful)

boredMDer (640516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175515)

Seriously though, why would someone do this?

Because they can.

Re:Let me be the first to say. . . (2, Interesting)

ndogg (158021) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175583)

Why the heck do people climb Mt. Everest? It's not like I care.

But (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175267)

does it run windows?

Impressive. Very impressive. (2, Interesting)

James A. E. Joyce (746360) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175271)

It even uses a backported version of Amigo Imnolar's O(1) scheduler patch. I reckon this'll probably run almost as fast as the raw GameCube hardware/firmware.

My Joke! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175272)

Thats my joke in the Screenshot! Anyway, KDE 3.2 was released today, so go get it [kde.org]

help (-1, Offtopic)

xankar (710025) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175280)

can someone give me a link to some cheats plz

Re:help (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175520)

I can help you get to the minus world - just eat a bunch of mushrooms and bang your head against the ceiling repeatedly.

you know you are hardcore slashdot... (1)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175289)

....when you telnet from a GameCube!

On a more serious note (the site is down), do you install from a mini-DVD, or from a memory card? Does it involve starting and stopping a certain game like the Xbox?

Re:you know you are hardcore slashdot... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175353)

most probably like you load up warezed games from internet.

through a loading program on that runs on pc that exploits a flaw in the phantasy star onlines update code.

or so, I don't own a gc so I haven't digged into it that much.

Re:you know you are hardcore slashdot... (5, Informative)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175384)

from the faq:
Runnings Homebrew Code

Can I just burn a 8 cm CD/DVD and use it in the GameCube?

No. The GameCube reads no CDs/DVDs. There is no way to produce a GameCube compatible optical media using a CD/DVD burner.

So do I run homebrew code on the GameCube?

The PSOload [gcdev.com] method is the only way.

What do I need in order to run homebrew code?

A GameCube, any version of Phantasy Star Online, a Broadband Adapter, a memory card, and PSOload [gcdev.com] .

Do I need a modchip?

There are no modchips.

Will any of this disable the ability to play games?

No.

3 Helping

Re:you know you are hardcore slashdot... (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175616)

I have an NR Reader that one of our clients left behind...

Sad... (4, Insightful)

LamerX (164968) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175300)

You know it's a sad state of affairs when someone has to put a disclaimer at the bottom of thier website about the DMCA. Its really a bummer that you can't just do anything to the things you own anymore. Just how useless does this make things? Oh wow another game system. Or COOL, my game system can do this and this and this! The only reason I bought a Dreamcast was for haXorability, and all the cool software people were writing for it. And it's the cool things like this that make me want to buy a game cube.

Re:Sad... (2, Interesting)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175702)

I work as a network engineer, and routers and VPN devices usually come out of the boxes in EULAed bags... much like prepackaged software. You know... "Do not open this plastic cover unless you agree to the EULA"

I mean, this may be acceptable in a business environment, but the day when you get your next game console - it will probably come with all this legalese as well.

Look... (5, Funny)

rune2 (547599) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175308)

(Italian accent) It's a me Linux!

and I care because???? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175332)

Wow, I can't wait for the articles detailing how to pry things open with a screwdriver and how hammers are useless when rocks are all over the place. I guess if it "can" be done, some nutjob figures it MUST be done. Beats nosepicking for a hobby (but not by much).

Very sad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175339)

This guy bought an expensvie cheese grater just so he can check Linux on his game console??? Why oh why did he choose mac os x for the screen shot when he could of used Linux (on the Xbox for more fun)!

Anyway, in a year the logic board will fail on him and serve him right!

Thats nothing. Im running Linux on a Nematode! (0, Troll)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175341)

Thats nothing. Im running Linux on a Nematode! [vt.edu]

why telnet? (3, Insightful)

NoSuchGuy (308510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175355)

Why is there always telnet? Because of the clear text transmitted password?

Why can't they implement ssh from start up of their project?

Re:why telnet? (0, Troll)

Shut the fuck up! (572058) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175379)

Why is there always telnet? Because of the clear text transmitted password?

Why can't they implement ssh from start up of their project?


Really. And what's with no windowing system? Console window? Why even bother?

Re:why telnet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175688)

SSH has a lot of overhead compared to telnet.
Telnet - open and listen, no encyption to deal with, very simple. Some people could probably write a telnet server in a few minutes.
SSH - Encryption, keys, signatures, ect. Lots of extra stuff. Would take a while longer to write unless the libraries are availble, and then it takes up more memory. Ect.

How hackable is the hardware? (4, Interesting)

steveha (103154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175366)

So far, they are just playing with software. They convince the GameCube to load the software over the network port.

I'm probably not very interested in this unless I can hack the hardware a bit: add a hard drive, add a second network port, etc.

A GameCube would make a sweet firewall/router box if you could get two network ports on it and Linux. The price would be right too.

Note that the optical drive is fairly useless: you cannot burn a disk that will work in a GameCube, not with a conventional CD burner. :-(

steveha

Re:How hackable is the hardware? (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175502)

A GameCube would make a sweet firewall/router box if you could get two network ports on it and Linux. The price would be right too.

Note that if you're just a home user (and since you are seriously considering using a gaming console as a Firewall / router, I assume you are), then you're Internet pipe is likely limited to 1-5 Mbps down maximum, and a fraction of that up. In this case the gamecube's single 10/100 NIC would do just fine for a firewall. Just make a virtual ethernet port (ifconfig eth0:0 etc) and have fun.

Otter in a box! (1)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175386)


Enhydra [enhydra.org] , an Open Source Java-based Application Server, was recently installed [sourceforge.net] on an XBox using Xebian [xbox-linux.org] .

I had submitted a story about this the day it happened (a few days ago) but for some reason it didn't make the cut. I guess underpowered web servers are sexier than underpowered application servers..(?)

Odyssey 2 (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175390)

Does anyone remember Magnavox's Odyssey 2? It had cool games, very atari 2600-like, with a one button joystick. But, it had a full keyboard, and some games used it. Heck it even had a crude speech adapter. Makes you wonder why they don't build a keyboard right into the current consoles. Might make playing first person games more PC-like. And yes, I know you can play most games on the PC too, but still...new uses such as displaying jpg cd's, etc.

Move along (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175405)

I've read all of these comments at least twice before.

Bookmark! (4, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175447)

He's got a bookmark to Slashdot in Safari! (look at the first screenshot). Real men type it in!

Re:Bookmark! (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175632)

Real men type it in!

I do usually and then I get pr0n!

Too busy! (1)

bdensley (748884) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175481)

Ever consider he is too busy writing code no one else will help with...bookmarks help!

Cool and Useless... (1)

PissingInTheWind (573929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175485)

Cool and useless... signs of a Nice Hack(tm)!

It makes sense? :) (4, Funny)

Munra (580414) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175487)

From the homepage:
As it is a computer with decent RAM and a good CPU, it makes sense to port Linux to this platform.
Since when did porting Linux to a piece of hardware, require it to make sense? :)

Manta

just wait.. (1)

vpscolo (737900) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175496)

till they port 2.6, overclock the CPU, put on water cooling and cluster it :)

Rus

linux on my P-Touch (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175497)

slashdot login:

Oh boy... (0)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175523)

"Eeetsa 404!"

Slashdotted or not... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175561)

For me slashdot.org is much slower than gc-linux.org ... it seems to be far from beeing ./ed

ALREADY TOASTED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175574)

I toasted their puny GC server by hitting it twice. Sorry guys I hit the refresh button by mistake.

The real question is Why? (1)

UndercoverBrotha (623615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175602)

Sure its cool. Respect from The Open Source Community? Maybe. Will it ever be used for something useful? NO. Kudos from peers? Minimal.

These projects are cool, but they serve no real purpose except for the "Oh yeah, you'll never guess what I did to my cube..."

Again WHY?

Probably because most of our jobs are in India now...we have plenty of free time...

Oh well, I wish being slashdotted and herds of geeks saying "WOW" paid bills.

-1 Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175612)

I'm sick of useless questions like that one. Why? Because we can. Because it is fun. Because it educates. If you can't figure out why, thats your problem. Don't blame others for your problems.

Re:The real question is Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175620)

Find a cheaper playground for learning PPC architecture and come back saying it is useless.

Re:The real question is Why? (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175663)

Oh well, I wish being slashdotted and herds of geeks saying "WOW" paid bills.

Well... maybe the first 20 said WOW, the others all said "Page cannot be displayed!?!?!" err wait... wrong browser...

I don't get it... (2, Funny)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175638)

I keep trying the 192.168.0.47 address that this screenshot [gc-linux.org] shows for the GameCube server but I just get my crappy obsolete DreamCast webserver :o(

How is this practical? (1)

Kosgrove (75723) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175659)

Please don't mod this as flamebait or a troll, because this is honestly inteded as a serious question:

What's the point of running Linux on a Gamecube or PS-2? (I kinda get the point of running it on the X-Box, as it's a mini PC.) Is it doing anything that you couldn't do with old PC or Sun hardware for the same cost, or is this just another hacker-ish "because we can" thing to do?
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