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Hacker Keeps Linux Alive on PlayStation 3 FW 3.21

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Here it is, a fix to keep Linux on your PS3 and still update to 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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    JMcEntegart , April 7, 2010 11:41 PM
    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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    socrates047 , April 8, 2010 12:07 AM
    I will NEVER get tired of video game related news on Toms Hardware!! :) 
    (i own both apple/ non apple products)
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    ominous prime , April 8, 2010 12:31 AM
    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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    JMcEntegart , April 7, 2010 11:41 PM
    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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    socrates047 , April 8, 2010 12:07 AM
    I will NEVER get tired of video game related news on Toms Hardware!! :) 
    (i own both apple/ non apple products)
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    ominous prime , April 8, 2010 12:31 AM
    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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    jhansonxi , April 8, 2010 12:52 AM
    ominous primeI'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.
    I suspect it was because of pressure from both software developers and movie companies due to the DRM exploit. It wasn't a core feature of the platform so they could afford to remove it and probably knew that the hackers would find a way around it. This allows Sony to redirect blame for further DRM exploits on "those hackers". This also makes PS3 owners who hack their way into running Linux on it more "L33T", possibly increasing appeal.
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    Shadow703793 , April 8, 2010 12:53 AM
    Note to Sony,et al: You can NEVER beat the hackers.
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    the_krasno , April 8, 2010 1:16 AM
    JMcEntegartI 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.


    Don't mind him, you were helpful ^_^
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    tipoo , April 8, 2010 1:16 AM
    PS3: It only does now what it did before that firmware update that made it do less than it did.

    That should be their slogan.
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    megamanx00 , April 8, 2010 3:37 AM
    heh :D 
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2010 3:53 AM
    Up yours, Sony !!! Argh !
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    False_Dmitry_II , April 8, 2010 4:34 AM
    JMcEntegartI 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.


    Don't worry bout it, being lazy is fun. Thanks.
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    Brent_NC , April 8, 2010 10:52 AM
    I know this is off topic but I think I missed something. How is embedding the video unnecessary and rude? Have I missed some sort of web etiquette class or something?

    What am I missing here?
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    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2010 11:05 AM
    Brent_NCI know this is off topic but I think I missed something. How is embedding the video unnecessary and rude? Have I missed some sort of web etiquette class or something?What am I missing here?


    He's of the opinion that my saying "those of you who can't be bothered to click through" was unnecessary and rude.
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    urlsen , April 8, 2010 12:16 PM
    JMcEntegartI 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.


    Jane you are the best ever :) let no one get you down or make you do anything different..

    Stay proud
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2010 1:07 PM
    urlsen, you need to get out more and leave your machine.
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2010 1:08 PM
    urlsen,
    you need to get out more and leave your machine.
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    JMcEntegart , April 8, 2010 1:25 PM
    anonymous EEurlsen, you need to get out more and leave your machine.


    Just because he says nice things doesn't mean he doesn't leave the house!
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    Parrdacc , April 8, 2010 1:31 PM
    "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."

    That gave me a chuckle.
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    d-block , April 8, 2010 2:01 PM
    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?

    Yes, it is just you. You are a douche.
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