This whole firmware updating really defeats PS3 of being a console. I understand that Sony are trying to protect themselves from Piracy, but it also has the potential to brick your machine.
A console is supposed to be a machine you pop a game into and you play it. It sucks that this current generation of gaming makes you jump through hoops to have freedom to do whatever you like on your own machine.
If you don't upgrade, you can't play the latest games, if you do upgrade, you lose the option of enjoying some linux and bd-j.
As a friend to me 'You don't own your Ps3, Sony does'.