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WARNING: Today's PS3 Update Will Kill Your Linux

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 20 comments

Fond of your classic PS3's ability to load Linux? Then don't accept the update that Sony is pushing on you.

Those of you logging onto the PlayStation Network today with your PS3s will notice a request to update your system firmware to 3.21. If you have no intention of ever running Linux on your console, then feel free to update – but be warned that this new update will remove the "Other OS" capability. Read here for more.

Of course, those who are interested in staying up to date and still be able to partake on PSN may have to wait for a hacked custom firmware solution. We don't know if it's possible yet, but this one hacker is currently working on it.

Don't forget to check out what John Carmack thinks of this latest move by Sony in our feature of Why You Should Care that Linux is ditched.

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    builderbobftw , April 2, 2010 12:53 AM
    He'll get it done in 15 days, tops.

    That man is a genius.
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    dman3k , April 2, 2010 12:59 AM
    Not that I agree with what Sony is doing cause taking away features is just ridiculous, but doesn't every PS3 owner who has installed linux on the PS3 also have another linux pc somewhere?
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    socrates047 , April 2, 2010 12:59 AM
    the ps3 dash hacks site has a proxy server thing which lets you by pass it. i am using it and works fine. takes like couple of seconds to set up everything.
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    captaincharisma , April 2, 2010 1:02 AM
    still logged into PSN and have not gotten any messages that i need to update the firmware
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    formin , April 2, 2010 1:03 AM
    :( 
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    doc70 , April 2, 2010 1:09 AM
    dman3kNot that I agree with what Sony is doing cause taking away features is just ridiculous, but doesn't every PS3 owner who has installed linux on the PS3 also have another linux pc somewhere?

    Not about that... ultimately, it's about freedom of choice.
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    krzyinuyasha , April 2, 2010 1:49 AM
    For those who read this you can keep linux and still access PSN without updating. If you search around there's tutorials on how to use the old PS3 Proxy bypass to trick the PSN servers into thinking you have the latest update. I'm currently using this seeing how i use linux and play PSN games. I'm not sure how long this bypass will work for but it is an option until a CFW is released. also i have to say i am very disapointed in sony for this i've been a long time follower but now i question my loyalty over this.
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    spoofedpacket , April 2, 2010 1:49 AM
    ^^ The freedom to not update and just run your PS3 as a dedicated Linux box?
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    adelinaiscute , April 2, 2010 1:50 AM
    I think everyone needs to relax. There's now a possibility that we can finally pirate games on PS3 and we have a legitimate reason to as well.
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    Tindytim , April 2, 2010 2:25 AM
    adelinaiscuteI think everyone needs to relax. There's now a possibility that we can finally pirate games on PS3 and we have a legitimate reason to as well.

    Don't give me that bullshit.

    I normally don't care about people pirating, but in this case piracy on the PS3 would spell doom for Custom software. GeoHot isn't interested in it, and neither am I. In the horrid outcome that people start PS3 Piracy, Sony will work to destroy all CFW regardless of it purpose and intent.

    They may try initially, but if they find there isn't any CFW that allows piracy, they may ease up, maybe even meet the community half way, realizing their reaction was inappropriate.
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    micr0be , April 2, 2010 3:17 AM
    i still think this is some kind of april fools ..... fingers crossed
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    indran1412 , April 2, 2010 6:44 AM
    Sony said that the new update was not compulsory, but without updating their console surely people cant sign in to PSN.For me this looked like forced update.
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    doped , April 2, 2010 2:00 PM
    april 1?? aprils fool?
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    plasmastorm , April 2, 2010 2:54 PM
    Update was out yesterday here in the UK, updated my Slim no problem.
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2010 4:40 PM
    well no shit moron. but does linux work anymore? oh i'm sorry plasmastorm you wouldn't know cuz you're AVATARDED DEDEEERRRRR!!!! wow. i hate all of you.

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    borisof007 , April 2, 2010 7:31 PM
    Ever wonder why mac owners don't complain about their inability to use other programs? It's because they're used to not having much choice to begin with, for them, it's the status quo. And I'm not saying that in a negative way, it's just the truth.

    If you don't want your userbase being angry at you for having less choices, don't give them choices to begin with only to take them away later.
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    technomania , April 2, 2010 7:56 PM
    Thanks sony , maybe on the next update the ability to play blu ray movies should be removed.
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    bonznumber1 , April 5, 2010 8:24 AM
    well for the time being i have found a workaround for 3.21 to bypass the need to update I re-posted it on my site here's the link

    http://www.bonznumber1.com/gaming-consoles/ps3/update-ps3-to-3-21-and-keep-otheros/

    follow this and you'll be good to go until Sony requires at least 3.21 for there games
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    pittath , April 7, 2010 5:02 PM
    PS3 hacker Geohot demos his custom firmware 3.21, includes otherOS support.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-9wLWQ4-uA
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    thillntn , June 17, 2010 5:26 AM
    dman3kNot that I agree with what Sony is doing cause taking away features is just ridiculous, but doesn't every PS3 owner who has installed linux on the PS3 also have another linux pc somewhere?

    not with a cell processor to manipulate video with!!!codecsys is a good example.
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