Here’s some great news for Linux users who have been using Linux on their PS3. As some of you well know, Sony deliberately “disabled” linux operating system on a “mandatory” software update.
Of course, the problem lies here that the users who bought the PS3 never “agreed” to not being able to use linux. After Sony finds out that users have been installing linux to hack it and use it as something else, they decided to cut off linux users completely.
I guess in the long run this could make Sony more money but the point is that users rights were violated and now there’s a class-action suit against Sony. I think Sony has to accept their mistakes and let the linux be on PS3s again.
I love Sony products but this time, I will have to root for Linux users who didn’t have a choice but lose their Linux OS on their PS3s.
And for those of you who want to install linux on your PS3 (and hopefully by the time you read this Sony has re-enabled linux os PS3), try this guide here.
The suit, filed on April 27 by Anthony Ventura of California, seeks to redress Sony for the “intentional disablement of the valuable functionality originally advertised as available” for the Playstation 3. The disabling of Linux support is not only in breach of the sales contract between Sony and its customers, the suit says, but also a deceptive business practice “perpetrated on millions of unsuspecting customers.”
Sony publicly stated the removal of the feature was for security reasons, however, the lawsuit says the company was more concerned with potential piracy.
“On information and belief, contrary to Sony’s statement, the ‘security concerns’ did not involve a threat to PS3 users, but rather reflected Sony’s concerns that the Other OS feature might be used by ‘hackers’ to copy and/or steal gaming and other content.”