198w ago - Update: Sony's Geoff Levand has now confirmed, to quote: "SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the 'Install Other OS' feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases."
According to Owen Stampflee, a Linux Product Manager at Fixstars Corporation, Sony will remove OtherOS in the next PS3 Firmware update due to the recent GeoHot PS3 Hack.
Although this comes as no surprise to PlayStation 3 Slim owners, where OtherOS is already removed, it would contradict Sony's previous statement to standard PS3 owners.
To quote: "Everyone,
I've caught a rumor from a reputable source that the next firmware update for old PS3s will remove the OtherOS feature...
I'm not sure if it's true or not but it's in the best interest of the YDL community to spread the word.
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You have more or less addressed the issue that was on my mind. Can Sony really afford to ignore the minority that has been harnessing the power of the cell in parallel computing? The removal of other OS in the slim is an indicator that OS is being phased out anyway.
What may happen, is the possibility of an upgrade that will make parallel connection to become feasible within the game XMB environment. Special applications of the affected companies may be able to run but other pc emulated games may have come to the end of the road.
Hey lilshortwun... I hear ya. And yes it may be just a rumor. I'm just inclined to err on the side of caution. If this is true and the firmware does get rid of OtherOS and access to an already established partition... lots of people stand to lose data. My comment was more on pointing out "what if this is true" scenario.
As far as the piracy bit... whatever. I could care less on that. I'm just speaking from a legimate concern if this does occur. Nothing wrong with being cautious.