Linux removed from PS3: Can Sony do this?

By Alan Ng - Mar 29, 2010

Following on from our earlier post, which informed you about the interesting, yet somewhat shocking decision by Sony to remove Linux OS support from the PS3, we want to know your thoughts on it – Can Sony do this?

It is common knowledge that Linux support for the PS3, is an essential feature for a lot of you out there, and hearing Sony’s plans to remove it on April 1st must be quite hard to take.

Why are they doing it? Well, they say it is due to security issues, but it is obviously more to do with GeoHot and his ongoing quest to completely hack the PS3.

While it is logical on Sony’s part to defend their system against attack, should they really risk the wrath of millions of PS3 owners by removing a feature that came out of the box on purchase?

Give us your thoughts on this guys, especially if you have Linux running at the moment.

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  • Pell

    i am an xbox live player and personally i am glad people are realizing how bad sony are they have become profit seeking monsters and they have pushed it too far.

    Buy a Xbox 360
    Buy xbox live 12 month (£40)
    Buy a nice Hd Tv 😉

    Enjoy Simple life and gaming

  • JBDragon

    Just like SONY with the PS3. Keep cutting out features from the Original PS3. From Memory ports, to Hardware Backwards Compatibility, to Software backwards compatibility, now Linux. I'm sure there's a couple other things I also missed. What's next???

    • TOnyMOntana

      Is this little john or jenny daguio lol

  • Nightshades

    People who say this is not a big deal because few do it are not thinking correctly about why this is a big deal.

    I run linux on mine, and while I can live without it its more a matter of getting what I paid for. I picked the PS3 over others because of the "otherOS" function. The fact that so many people say its not a big deal shows me how little people think of consumers rights.

    • AGuest

      Exactly the same reason I picked the PS3 too.

      "I run linux on mine, and while I can live without it its more a matter of getting what I paid for. I picked the PS3 over others because of the "otherOS" function. The fact that so many people say its not a big deal shows me how little people think of consumers rights. "

      I've been following the comments on the Playstation Blog and found these too the author that wrote about the updates contact details. And a legal issue if you're in the EU.

      patrick_seybold@ playstation. sony. com – 650.655. 7549

      "For me removing of the Other OS is illegal in the EU,
      EU Directive 1999/44/EC:
      The goods must
      • comply with the description given by the seller and posses the same qualities and characteristics as other similar goods
      • be fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase. <——
      • are fit for the purpose for which goods of the same type are used
      • show the same quality and performance, which are normal in goods of the same type and which consumers can reasonably expect. This will also take into account any public statements made about the specific characteristics of the goods by the producer, seller or in their advertising.
      I think that this Up(Down)date clearly violates the second point, every person in the EU should report to their local consumer authority."

  • spencer

    lmao this really is no big deal there are a small fraction of people who have or ever would have used this. Let's not forget none of the ps3's being sold today can even do this. Aka slim users I have two fat consoles and use them everyday and me or anyone I have ever talked to could give a kmmm about losing it. If you want to blame someone blame hackers which the people complaining probally are mostly made up of pirates anyway. Were talking one in 1 in 100,000 that use this

  • BottomSmacker

    I will not be updating, I will not be purchasing a new ps3, I will not be spending any more on any games, I will not be purchasing the new PS3 online subscription, I will not be spending any more cash on PS Home.

    Congrats Sony, your losing customers already!

    This is completely out of line from Sony! This will just push the hacking community even harder to hack the PS3, you have just dug yourself a grave Sony, and now you are going to have to lie in it!