This thread is directed to those who have and love their PS3!
last night (3/31/10) Sony realesed their latest update for the PS3. After downloaded but before installed, there is a window that pops up and says that If you install this update, you will no longer have the option to install anouther OS, ( and it actually used linux as an example)and that option would totally be erased from the X-menu system. It than goes on to say that if you do not install the update, you will no longer be able to log onto the playstation network for online gaming.
Sony trapped everyone into it. Not that I was even playing with the idea of putting linux on my PS3, as I am a new user and wouldn’t want to mess with it and ruin everything…its still kind of frustrating that they act like they give you the option, but really would take away so many capabilities if you do not submit…just thought I share this…
I also would not be surprised if this update has something to do with the worldwide crashing of the Playstation network, at the beginning of March
> Sony trapped everyone into it. Not that I was even playing with the
> idea of putting linux on my PS3, as I am a new user and wouldn’t want to
> mess with it and ruin everything…its still kind of frustrating that
> they act like they give you the option, but really would take away so
> many capabilities if you do not submit…just thought I share this…
I haven’t updated yet. I’ve never done the Linux install thing because of
the numerous reports of poor performance and frankly I already had a PC
connected to my TV anyway. Can you run a liveCD with the boot other option?
I’d like to try it out before I update and lose the ability.
Funny how everyone is blaming Sony for removing it but no one seems to blame the guy who broke into the system via the Other OS option and thus pretty much forced their hand as it could be used to find other alternative ways to break out of the hypervisor.
Gofborg- I have no idea if a live CD would work, as I have never even attempted to use the option…
Chrysantine - I never heard about the guy that broke into the system. you mean he got into the playstation network?? huh? when did that happen?
No the reason they’re removing the OtherOS option is because a hacker was able to break into the system;
Sony PS3 Exploit (Potential Hack to Play Cracked Games) Free Download » My Digital Life
George Hotz (or GeoHot), who first jailbroke and unlocked the original classic iPhone in 2007, has claimed been managed to find an exploit on the PS3 system for the machine to be hacked. The exploit, if further investigated and developed, may result in modchip or softmod that can be installed to PS3 to allow burned, backup or copied game DVD or CD to be played.
The PS3 exploit by GeoHot gives full memory access and therefore ring 0 access from OtherOS, and works on PS3 with firmware version 2.4.2, and most likely on most previous versions of firmware too. The exploit quickly allocates and deallocates memory in order to glitch the memory bus, so that the hypervisor thinks some repeatedly allocated memory is deallocated, allowing r/w-access (read-write access), and with some tricks r/w-access to the main htab.
That Hotz guy is the sole reason Sony is now removing functionality from the device. The guy is an idiot, hopefully he’ll meet a train in the near future.
Thats pretty wild, makes sense from sony’s perspective though…They may face many copyright infringement lawsuits, especially since the world knows they knew about the defect…
> Funny how everyone is blaming Sony for removing it but no one seems to
> blame the guy who broke into the system via the Other OS option and thus
> pretty much forced their hand as it could be used to find other
> alternative ways to break out of the hypervisor.
I don’t blame Sony at all, always seemed like a security issue and just
wondered how long before some exploit du jour surfaced. It’s a historical
norm though that Sony should have predicted given their experience with the
PSP and homebrewers. They should have been willing to live with their
decision. I think they could have done something less draconian, it was the
cheap and easy fix.
It was quite expected…
In reality game consoles are generally sold on lost(especially PS3) and companies hope to get profit from the games, but when console is buy for cluster, there’s no games on it