Hacker Keeps Linux Alive on PlayStation 3 FW 3.21

Last month, Sony announced that the next PS3 firmware update, 3.21, would disable support for the PlayStation's "OtherOS" feature. A lot of people never used the feature at all, so it was no problem. However, those that did make use of OtherOS support, valued the fact that they were able to run Linux on their console.

Though Sony didn't specify why it was disabling OtherOS (aside from mentioning it was for security reasons), many speculated that it had everything to do iPhone hacker George Hotz' recent revelation that he had hacked his own PS3. Hotz promised users that if they refrained from updating to 3.21, he would find a workaround. And he has!

Today he published a post to his blog detailing a custom fix he had come up with that allow users to upgrade to 3.21 without losing support for Linux.

"Here is a video demoing my "custom firmware". It's not any sort of version string change; I would have added something showing off the new features of 3.21, but oh wait, there aren't any.

This can be installed without having to open up your PS3, just by restoring a custom generated PUP file, but only from 3.15 or previous. It's possible this CFW will also work on the slim to actually *enable* OtherOS; I'll know when my infectus gets here.

No release date yet, use the proxy hack to play online with 3.15

Note to the people who removed OtherOS, you are potentially turning 100000+ legit users into "hackers." There was a huge(20x) traffic spike to this blog after the announcement of 3.21. If I had ads on this site I guess I'd be thanking you."

Video embedded below for those of you who can't be bothered to click through to YouTube.

PS3 3.21 with OtherOS

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  • ukcal"Video embedded below for those of you who can't be bothered to click through to YouTube."Is it just me, or does that come across as unnecessary and rude?


    I embedded the video because the majority of people don't bother to click on external links. Wasn't my intention to offend, just trying to be helpful.
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  • I will NEVER get tired of video game related news on Toms Hardware!! :)
    (i own both apple/ non apple products)
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  • ukcalYes, my point merely was that writing "for those of you who can't be bothered" is not very professional, even if you are being helpful.


    Bleh, you're not very professional Ukcal. There's nothing offensive/unprofessional about that statement. It's a matter of perception, you were looking for it, therefore you found it. Even though it wasn't really there at all..

    Now on topic, I'm still rather suprised that Sony would disable the feature in an update. Hopefully they will realize their mistake and reimplement it at some point, but until that day comes I'm glad we have people working around this nonsense.
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  • "Video embedded below for those of you who can't be bothered to click through to YouTube."

    Is it just me, or does that come across as unnecessary and rude?
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  • ukcal"Video embedded below for those of you who can't be bothered to click through to YouTube."Is it just me, or does that come across as unnecessary and rude?


    I embedded the video because the majority of people don't bother to click on external links. Wasn't my intention to offend, just trying to be helpful.
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  • Yes, my point merely was that writing "for those of you who can't be bothered" is not very professional, even if you are being helpful.
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