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Sony has confirmed that it has selected Linux running on Intel-based hardware as the development platform for PlayStation 2 games. Speaking at last week's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, Sony Computer Entertainment's Phil Harrison mentioned in his keynote that all future PlayStation 2 releases would be developed under Linux. Harrison said Sony had selected Linux rather than Windows because developers need "a stable platform". Sony decision to opt for Linux emerged earlier this month on a Japanese games-oriented Web site, and was reported in English by The Register (see PlayStation 2 development to be driven by Linux). Harrison's comments at the GDC mark the first official confirmation of the company's shift to the open source OS. ®

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