Sad news for Linux : Sony is not supporting Linux anymore

Believe or not Sony playstation is not supporting Linux anymore, as announced on the Playstation blog, they droped the support

for Linux based operating systems, by removing the “Other OS” option from XMB (XrossMediaBar) in its PlayStation 3 gaming console. This started the 1st of april after their latest firmware update.



“The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.” Play station Blog

Sony offered the option to not update your PS3 console if you still wanted to have a Linux operating system installed on it , but in this case 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

This mean that everyone is forced to update to the new firmware.

Really sad !!

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