SONY just gave a statement about their decision to remove OtherOS from Playstation3 consoles via the new 3.21 firmware update.
Here the quote:
We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature.
A very poor sorry which won't help tons of people. Even official developers are mad about this decision but well, that's SONY.
We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.
It's definitely NOT.
As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance where a feature will be disabled. Further enhancements are in the pipeline.
That won't help us neither.
Users do have the choice whether to install the firmware upgrade and this is clearly explained to them at the time the firmware upgrade is made available for installation. Furthermore our terms and conditions clearly state that we have the right to revise the PS3's settings and features in order to prevent access to unauthorised or pirated content.
To bad electronic terms and conditions
are not legal in European countries, eh'?
Well, all in all this was a step of SONY to piss off many users. For those who already upgraded it's to late, for those who did not recording to geohot, he will release a custom firmware 3.21 which will still have the OtherOS feature. Let's see what the future will bring.
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