Linux of the Xbox

October 2, 2008

The Xbox is like every other PC where Linux can be run. It is a legacy-free PC by Microsoft that consists of an Intel Celeron 733 MHz CPU, an nVidia GeForce 3MX, 64 MB of RAM, an 8/10 GB hard disk, a DVD drive and 10/100 Ethernet. With Linux, an Xbox becomes a full desktop computer with mouse and keyboard, a web/e-mail box connected to a TV, a server or router or node on a cluster. There is a choice between a dual boot and using Linux alone. When only Linux is used, both IDE devices can be replaced and what’s more – the Xbox can be connected to a VGA monitor

Xbox was supposed to be named DirectX-box due to the extensive use of DirectX within the console’s technology. Although the final name came to be Xbox, it still retained some hints towards DirectX such as the logo and the “X” shape on the top of the box.