Project PS3MFW Update
The following has been submitted to ps3mfw.com by an anonymous contributor of Project PS3MFW, and it contains a few juicy bits of information. As you can see, the project is still alive after KaKaRoTo left and after five weeks of work, apparently a release isn’t far away now. PS3MFW Builder is going to be multi-platform, it will be safe and it won’t require any special skills to use. It sounds like the perfect all-in-one PS3 firmware solution that makes other custom firmwares unnecessary. Read the entire message below:
It’s been over a week since we announced Project PS3MFW and we would like to provide you with an update. We would like to address some of the questions and concerns regarding PS3MFW and to show you that the project is progressing as planned, even after KaKaRoTo’s departure:
What is the main advantage of PS3MFW? It is open source. You no longer need to rely on closed source patches and repackaged custom firmwares.
What operating systems are supported? Windows, Mac and Linux.
Is firmware 3.56 supported? PS3MFW Builder v0.1 will not support 3.56. We don’t know when or if it will be possible to add support for 3.56 and up, most likely it won’t happen soon. In short, if you wish to use homebrew software, do not upgrade to OFW 3.56 or higher.
Which firmwares can be modified? We have successfully tested PS3MFW Builder with ofw 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55. It should work on other firmwares, too, as long as they are below 3.56.
Is PS3MFW Builder difficult to use? It will be very easy to use and doesn’t require any advanced knowledge.
Is there a chance PS3MFW can “brick” my PS3? We are doing extensive testing with different firmwares and on many differnt models of PS3, so far we haven’t had a single “brick”.
Does PS3MFW Builder contain any program code by Sony? No, it does not contain any copyrighted information or any portions of Sony’s program code, nor were any of Sony’s tools used to create it.
Won’t we see thousands of new MFWs released every day by people using your tool? One of the main reasons for PS3MFW is not having to rely on firmwares made by others anymore, because you will be able to create your own. This way you will know exactly what is inside and what it does. More transparency, less risk of installing something malicious on your console. If someone posts a MFW built using PS3MFW, then he is breaching Sony’s copyright by publishing the .PUP file, if he made modifications to PS3MFW and added new features to his MFW, then he is breaching the PS3MFW GPL License by not redistributing the plugin he wrote for the framework. The idea is that everyone can just build their own firmwares and there will be no more modified firmwares released on the internet.
When will it be released? Before releasing v0.1 of PS3MFW Builder, we want to make sure that everything works as intended and that there is as little risk as possible (unlike a certain company that doesn’t seem to test its firmwares properly). As we have stated in our first announcement, a release isn’t far off now. We have decided to slightly change the design of the framework and to refactor all the plugins to make it easier to write new plugins in the future. Since we don’t want to break our API in the next version we want to make sure this is done right from the start.
How long have you been working on this project? This project began at the same time the first modified firmwares started to appear on the internet, which means it currently is five weeks old already. We wanted to make sure it was done right instead of releasing untested code just to get those “FIRST!” bragging rights that other developers seem to be looking for.