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Sony is bringing its PlayStation 2 Linux distro to the US and elsewhere following its release in Japan last June.

"We are preparing the finalised Linux kit for the worldwide market," said Shin'ichi Okamoto, Sony Computer Entertainment's senior VP and CTO, speaking at the Rambus Developers Conference yesterday.

There's no release date as yet. "We'll announce it soon," said Okamoto.

The Linux kit gives the PS2 much of the functionality of a desktop PC. Sony demo'd the open source OS and console running an MP3 player, word processor and spreadsheet, all under the X Window GUI. ®

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