Posted By: wraggster
I've just seen that the guys at Sony have answered about why Linux has been deleted from the Slim hardware:
The reasons are simple: The PS3 Slim is a major cost reduction involving many changes to hardware components in the PS3 design. In order to offer the OtherOS install, SCE would need to continue to maintain the OtherOS hypervisor drivers for any significant hardware changes - this costs SCE. One of our key objectives with the new model is to pass on cost savings to the consumer with a lower retail price. Unfortunately in this case the cost of OtherOS install did not fit with the wider objective to offer a lower cost PS3.
Well see if we can get the offical OtherOS page updated with something to this effect so that an official explanation is provided. Thank you for your comments.
Having that in mind, is the OtherOS drivers really a cost, or this deletion is part of some commercial strategy as we thought? Who knows.
However, the OtherOS option and updated drivers will still be available for the older models.