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Rumor: Sony to Remove OtherOS in Next PS3 Firmware Update


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231w ago - Update: Sony's Geoff Levand has now [Register or Login to view links], 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.

Cheers,
Owen"



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#87 - inginear - 229w ago
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.

"...indicator that os is being phased out anyway." are you saying that linux is being phased out? if so, you are horribly wrong.

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#86 - DragonFyre - 229w ago
It makes no difference to me that they're removing the Add OS feature. I have no use for it because (a) I have slim and (b) I have a PC that has a good operating system. Just my 2 cents.

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#85 - MMBtalk - 229w ago
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.

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#84 - PS3 News - 229w ago
I have now updated the first post with Geoff Levand of Sony's (dated) reply: [Register or Login to view links]
On 02/26/2010 04:30 AM, David Woodhouse wrote:

On Fri, 2009-08-21 at 09:58 -0700, geoffrey.levand at am.sony.com wrote:
The feature of "Install Other OS" was removed from the new "Slim" PS3 model to focus on delivering games and other entertainment content.

Please be assured that 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.

Although it's disappointing that Sony have removed the feature from new models, It's good to have this public assurance from Sony that at least the feature won't be removed from older models which are already working.

Please understand that in my position as PS3-Linux maintainer I can really only provide users with technical support for Linux and the LV1 hcall interface.

The text above was provided to me by SCE management. If you have any questions regarding it or any other feature of the PS3 please contact the Playstation Customer Support in your country. Using Playstation Customer Support will insure your inquiry is processed through the correct channels within SCE.

-Geoff

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#83 - zentsang - 231w ago
What are you talking about. I think this is just a rumor most likely started by some person who is against piracy. Moreover, you can bet that Sony is coming up with a solution to patch this exploit from occurring again in the near future.

OtherOS will most likely still be there, just difference is that it will have even tighter security than ever to prevent this kind of attack. Just like the RSX graphics exploit, I highly doubt they will leave OtherOS users hanging just because of this.
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.

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