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Rumor: Sony to Remove OtherOS in Next PS3 Firmware Update


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249w 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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#47 - calvinbui - 249w ago
That's just unfair, grow up Sony!

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#46 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 249w ago
Quote Originally Posted by ianhard View Post
you can get a refund under the fact sony put it under the classification that it was a computer for tax exemption and now its not so if it was once a computer and now isnt it is called defect on part to a system upgrade with is sony's fault meaning a refund well thats how the law works in oz. also sony can get sued for tax evasion if they change it.

While what you say is true, they have not actually done anything illegal of the sorts. The systems entered the United States as computers and were (hypothetically) sold as such. What happens afterward is none of anyone's business. The term computer is also too closely associated with the Personal Computer, and not what the term actually stands for:

comĚputĚer: -noun.
1.Also called processor. an electronic device designed to accept data, perform prescribed mathematical and logical operations at high speed, and display the results of these operations.

The Sony PS3 accomplishes all of these, even the PS3 Slim.

Now unless I missed some clause in the way it is defined by the Trade Commission, ( and I may easily have done so ) Sony again has done nothing wrong.

P.S. Tax evasion does not apply here at all, as it is quite a complex set of codes that delve much deeper than a simple change of OS. AND, we are all guilty of tax evasion: Grandma gives you $100 for your birthday, and since the IRS has no way of tracking this money to you, you do not put it on your tax forms.

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#45 - ianhard - 249w ago
Quote Originally Posted by xUb3rn00dlEx View Post
They're not making you pay to play online. They have specifically stated all current features will remain free. The only thing you will pay for is "special features" that are available for purchase X-game chat is one of them. They will not make you pay a subscription to play over the net.

BTW, you would never get a refund for false advertising, they have done no such thing

you can get a refund under the fact sony put it under the classification that it was a computer for tax exemption and now its not so if it was once a computer and now isnt it is called defect on part to a system upgrade with is sony's fault meaning a refund well thats how the law works in oz. also sony can get sued for tax evasion if they change it.

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#44 - veggav - 249w ago
kakarotoks, incredible opinion, incredible text.

I do belive this, I pay for what I can, piracy just let me have more of what I would not buy. There are some movies in extreme rare box-sets, but they are easy to find on the internet.

Salˇ from Pasolini Ú a good exemple.

I'll copy your text for further exemples

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#43 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 249w ago
Quote Originally Posted by BLACK BAMBINO View Post
Sony has now went to the dark side the whole reason i bought a ps3 is because i could surf the internet and play online for free and use my ubuntu in the other os but now there gone to take away my linux and make me pay to play online sony i want a refund for false advertisement and stripping the ps3 of all the features you promised the ps3 would have F-you sony

They're not making you pay to play online. They have specifically stated all current features will remain free. The only thing you will pay for is "special features" that are available for purchase X-game chat is one of them. They will not make you pay a subscription to play over the net.

BTW, you would never get a refund for false advertising, they have done no such thing

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