To quote from Sony's official statement to Thinq.co.uk (linked above):
"We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature.
We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.
As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance where a feature will be disabled. Further enhancements are in the pipeline.
Users do have the choice whether to install the firmware upgrade and this is clearly explained to them at the time the firmware upgrade is made available for installation. Furthermore our terms and conditions clearly state that we have the right to revise the PS3's settings and features in order to prevent access to unauthorised or pirated content."
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Is somebody from MS now running Sony? It appears that the person making all the calls clearly has no understanding of piracy and what the customers want.
I am surprised they don't release a firmware update to VAIO computers that would eliminate linux or try to! I bought the PS3 on PS2 backwards compatibility and the Linux feature. Both have been removed from the slim models and now they have gone too far.
I hope this move costs them dearly since they think they are above the will and desire of the people that support them.
I will quit rambling before my blood pressure boils over!
I see some folks on the Sony forum saying they want Sony to give them a free game for removing Other OS. I really doubt these folks use Linux on their PS3, and are just wanting something for free. A game is not an equivalent substitution for an Operating System.
But for those who use Linux on their PS3, and Sony says GameOS cannot coexist with Linux on the same hardware for fear of hacking, then Sony needs to replace what they removed with an equivalent. Sony needs to provide an equivalent cell-based computer with Linux and all other features within the PS3 that can be accessed in Linux (bluetooth, wireless network and game controllers, BlueRay drive, hard drive, etc) without cost, at any point while we own our PS3. (That is what we had before 3.21). Zero cost (not even shipping because the PS3 Sony degraded is already in our houses). Those who really used Linux will ask for one. All those who really didn't use/want Linux, won't ask for it (or will just on principle of the matter).
P.S. That still doesn't fix my problem - being locked out of the PSN store because I chose to run older firmware. I think it's just so wrong to need to hack into a store to buy something...