PS3 Loses Linux Support on April 1st, No Fooling! - HotHardware
PS3 Loses Linux Support on April 1st, No Fooling!

PS3 Loses Linux Support on April 1st, No Fooling!

Out of the 365 days that make up our calendar year, Sony has chosen to release its next system software update for the PlayStation platform on April 1, otherwise known as April Fool's Day. Install it, however, and the joke's on you, at least if you're planning to roll with an alternate OS. That's because the optional update will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on systems prior to the current slim models.

"The decision was made to protect the intellectual property of the content offered on the PS3 system as well as to provide a more secure system for those users who are enjoying games and other entertainment content on the PS3," said Julie Han, a Sony spokesperson.



No matter what the explanation, this will come as a blow to those few who purchased a PS3 specifically with the intention of installing Linux. The 3.21 firmware update isn't mandatory, but for those who choose not to install it, they will miss out on a few key features, such as the ability to sign in to the PlayStation Network and use associated network features, such as online features of PS3 games and chat, Sony says.
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As I kind of said in the ps3 discussion in the forums... I don't get what was on Sony's mind allowing Linux on the PS3 if people would attempt to tinker with their system.  It's a very secure system, but it's stupid to take away that feature in the PS3s that already have it. (Phat PS3)  There are legit users out there and those people are upset.  I personally don't use this feature so I'm not affected as much but it's still sad to see something like this happen.  If you're going to take away something knowing the implications of what could happen, then don't allow it to begin with.

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Would have made a heck of a media center with MythTV and a iPod Touch remote app. I kinda wanna build a little media center box.

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Hmm, looks like I have one reason less to buy a PS3 (not that I was planning on buying one at all, though). It's not so much that I was interested in Linux on it per say, but I was more interested in homebrew development on it. Did they ever manage to crack things to the point of getting access to the RSX?

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I don't think it should be a reason to not buy a PS3, especially since the OtherOS feature wasn't on the PS3 Slims to begin with.  There's more to the PS3 than installing Linux :P

I want to say that the hacker got as far as accessing the RSX, but there isn't a driver to actually benefit from it?

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LOL im not a fan of the play station so this doesn't involve me :P, The system however is designed for you to play games not install Linux Wink lol

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I though the PS3 had a built in OS for surfing the net ect ect? Why would you want or need Linux, just to have a full blown browser?

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There's a web browser in the PS3.  You don't need linux for that

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>> Why would you want or need Linux, just to have a full blown browser?

I used it on mine to compile SDLMESS and play my old Colecovision, Sega Genesis, and NES games. I also used it to run Exaile under LXDE to stream Internet radio stations while I was web browsing.

I mainly liked it just because it was fun to hack around with - even if the system was defective by design in that the video was locked down and the system memory is painfully small for anyone trying to run a modern non-customized distro.

If this really does get removed, I'll gladly join any class action lawsuit against Sony - and it would take quite a lot to convince me to buy their next console.

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This will be jailbroken before it's released I'll bet money on it. If it does make it to release it won't last more than a month anyway!

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Thanks Paul, and your topic pic sums this up correctly. Sony is making babies cry. Smile

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Then let me be the first to say "Waaaah!". :) I paid for the system based partially on this advertised feature, I use it, and disabling it to protect their business model from a threat that has yet to actually appear is not doing me any good. :)

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LOL Gibbersome! that picture really looks cool though :P. So basically before sony was giving customers a easier way to hack their system? (according to 3vi1 cause i don't have a ps3 so i don't care to look in to this :D)

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It took over 3 years for someone to hack it... so I wouldn't call it "easy". Here's the blog for the guy who did it: http://geohotps3.blogspot.com/

This is a genie that Sony's not going to be able to put back in the bottle. Someone's bound to eventually use his hack (which currently requires opening the system) to build a save-game (or some other form of) exploit that will allow you to load custom firmware. After that, it'll be the PSP all over again with hardware revision after hardware revision released to try to stop the jailbreaks.

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I'm a firm believer in once you buy hardware, you should be able to use it anyway you want to. Otherwise they turn into really expensive coasters for your beer :D

I totally understand the need for content protection. I just don't believe it should be done by lawyers! If you really must control this, then figure out ways to protect the content through research and development. Or start an upgrade recycling program that locks out all newer games at reasonable prices! It would probably cost less than a whole team of lawyers!

The cost of the development PS computers are already sky high as directed by Sony. If they hired more programmers/developers and less lawyers. Then they would be able to keep costs down and content protected! Allowing people to use a PS3 for things like Linux, while still protecting the content. These are the things that drive up the prices, that force people to do things like hack and pirate in the first place.

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animatortom:
'm a firm believer in once you buy hardware, you should be able to use it anyway you want to.

Here here!  I could not agree more.

Unfortunately, this may be the last generation that understands the concept of owning things they pay for vs. "licensing" them.

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"Unfortunately, this may be the last generation that understands the concept of owning things they pay for vs. "licensing" them."

I totally agree!

I was kinda hoping that with the advent of these P2P sites that it would force all the company executives (who really do nothing except make flashy offices so people fell good to invest) To be pushed aside and allow the creators and production teams to get back in charge and back to work! Or at least be the most valuable commodity again, without outsourcing?

This whole new generation has grown up on things like rap music, that teaches you that first you must get the Bling, then you get the dream! You must have a dream...Then work towards it! They must understand that the only reason rappers get the bling is because of the others that worked hard for their dreams and was able to invest in something like a fad, just for fun.

Rappers are like current politicians, they are really good at convincing people they are worth something without actually doing anything at all! Then before you know it, you are out of money, cant eat, then you still get to watch them accept accolades/awards for their accomplishments :P While they... now have your bling! There was another person who was really good at doing that on a global scale, and he lived back in the 1930's/40's !

Lets see rappers perform on stage like the eagles, or even Hendricks! Oh, that's right, they don't really need to play an instrument. Then maybe when artists begin to own their property again and have mutual respect with their fans, where society doesn't steal/or sue! then you can live like a rockstar ?

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Sony's real fear is probably someone using the Linux install to figure a way to defeat copy protection and DRM. or write a really good Bluray player for an open operating system [if one exists I'm sorry for even mentioning it]

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During the midnight I tried to log in to PSN but it didn't allow me and the PSN ask me to install the Firmware 3.21, if I don't update I will not be able to log in.

Looks like this update wasn't so optional after all. Well I updated , everything went smooth, I did some test on the PS3 (Fat version) and didn't find any Issue at this moment.

No longer "OtherOS Feature" on System Setings but the "Visual 3D Option" is not available yet.

 


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Apparently this is a way to still go on PSN with the older firmware (check video description): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwHEHSmEx7M

I haven't done it but it's interesting

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A software to bypass the firmware, that's amazing.

I'm sure there will be a lot of people right now doing this trick, (or Hack If we can call it) to avoid the new firmware.

I never use the OtherOS feature so I'm not worry about it. 

 

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I haven't updated the firmware yet. I have, however, complained to the FTC.

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