The good news? Others whom GeoHot shared the PS3 METLDR info and LV2 dump with are currently using his work to continue hacking the PS3 console, with rumors from IRC (for what those are worth LOL) indicating a public "end-user" PS3 hack may arrive before September 2010 from their camp.
Unfortunately though, just like the past Dark_AleX and "M33" PSP releases, an incoming PS3 hack will probably be from a fictitious group and won't include anything useful to PS3 Devs such as dumps, reversals, sourcecode, etc.
Hopefully once a hole that Sony can't block is public, other PlayStation 3 Devs will begin working on the PS3 though... and sharing all the juicy the technical details along the way for others who wish to learn.
This will help ensure the PS3 scene won't fall victim to the hypocritical and ridiculous "anti-piracy, users deserve nothing" attitude that began the downfall and led to the fate of the current PSP scene.
To quote: His PS3 username, Twitter account, and blog are all now shut down. His last tweet said, "it was a cool ride, and i've learned a lot about a lot. perhaps one of these days i'll do a more formal goodbye."
Along with that post, he wrote in his blog explaining his reasons for retiring from the scene. He says that he "didn't fully realize most of the current scene don't care unless they are getting something," but now he does.
He then continued a bit more in his post with the following: "The real reason behind no release isn't technical. It's just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd."
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PUP (Playstation Update Package) files are update files for the PSP and PS3.
Offset Length Type Information
0x0 0x8 unsigned long Magic
0x8 0x8 unsigned long Package Version
0x10 0x8 unsigned long Image Version
0x18 0x8 unsigned long File Count
0x20 0x8 unsigned long Header Length
0x28 0x8 unsigned long File Length
This is then followed by a table of file entries.
Offset Length Type Information
0x0 0x8 unsigned long Entry ID
0x8 0x8 unsigned long Data Offset
0x10 0x8 unsigned long Data Length
0x18 0x8 unsigned long Unknown
Yea, the issue really is that someone else's files, specifically METLDR which is used to do the interesting stuff in recent months, won't help other Devs... so a more complete method and scripts (beyond what is already documented) would be required versus the resulting files themselves.
GeoHot briefly mentioned that in his conference HERE near the end of the second video... basically confirming it needs to be dumped on the PS3 of the person who is planning to use it.
Just a quick question here. We no doubt have very talented hackers in our community. Why couldn't we say, oh I don't know, "borrow" the files that geo and his comrades have? You know, the old school "I'm going to use my PC to see what is on your PC because I need a few things before I get going" technique? Or has that become immensely hard? (And the illegality of it has become so technical it's just not worth it?)