As of the next system update (version 3.21), OtherOS will apparently be “disabled” from your system. You will no longer be able to install and run other operating system on your original ‘fat’ PS3. sony claimed it was done “due to security concerns”. Honestly, I think that is a steaming load of crap. I think the primary reason behind this is that a hacker, geohot, hacked (and released) the system after 3 years of work and now has control over the hardware that he payed for. apparently, Sony got pissed.
Basically, Sony gives you two choices: ether ditch linux (which was one of the primary features for some to actully get one), or get banned from PSN and from playing newer games that require the new update.
That was a really bad move, sunny.
well you know how hackers get when you take something rightfully theirs (or when they feel guilt): http://geohotps3.blogspot.com/2010/03/dont-update.html
Sony doesn’t have the right to do this (even if it reserved the right to do so in its EULA). People should be able to do what the fuck they want with the hardware they payed for. To quote geohot:
Now you [Sony] go and remove a feature that people expected to be included with the expensive device they purchased, citing “security concerns” […] The PlayStation 3 is the only product I know that loses features throughout it’s life cycle. Software PS2 emulation, SACD playback, and OtherOS support are all just software switches you can flip. It’s unbelievable you would go and flip one, not just on new boxes you are shipping, but on tens of millions already in the field.
Just a note the guy’s against software piracy. so seriously Sony wtf!