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Sony Gets Rid Of Linux Once and For All

Back when the Playstation 3 Slim was launched, there was a great disturbance in the Force. It was as though the dozens of people who bothered to load Linux on their PS3 cried out in anguish and were suddenly silenced. Now, Sony decides that removing the “Other OS” feature from new hardware isn’t enough. They are retroactively removing the ability to install Linux through their new v3.21 firmware update. Gamers can thank Geohot’s crack of the PS3 for this update.

For folks such as myself, who have already partitioned their drives and installed Linux, we’re told to back that stuff up as it will no longer be available after the firmware update. “For those PS3 users who are currently using the “Other OS” feature but choose to install the system software update, to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the “Other OS,” as they will not be able to access that data following the update.”

No word on what’s going to happen to that partitioned space either; it’s just not going to be available, eh? So it looks like if I grab this update I’ll also have to re-format and re-install my drive. Great!

But hey! No biggie – if you don’t want to update your firmware and lose functionality that never really worked all that great to begin with you can do so… but you won’t be able to sign in to the PlayStation Network or use PSN features of existing games.

According to Sony’s press release:

Consumers and organizations that currently use the “Other OS” feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;

  • Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
  • Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
  • Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
  • Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later

Let us know if you’re having issues with this update.

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