Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 12:59 UTC, submitted by NiceGuyEddie
Games The PlayStation 3 Slim already had an ability penalty of -35 Geekiness because of its lack of the "Install Other OS" option, and now the regular PlayStation 3 will follow in its footsteps. A PS3 firmware update, scheduled to land April 1, will disable this option on regular PS3s as well. This, dear readers, is what we in the business call a "testicle move", especially since only a few weeks ago, Sony bold-facedly claimed the feature would not be removed.
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RE[2]: Reasons
by boldingd on Tue 30th Mar 2010 20:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Reasons"
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It seems like you don't know, so, just to clarify: Yellow Dog is an old Linux distro, I think based on Red Hat (but I'm not sure). It was notable for being targeted at the PPC platform. Since the Cell is more-or-less-kinda-like the PPC platform, what he's saying is, "if Sony wants to throw their customers a bone, if people get really bent-out-of-shape over all this, they might work with Yellow Dog to provide a Sony-blessed way to still get a Linux distro onto the console, without a general OtherOS feature." Which means something, since Yellow Dog is a pre-existing (in fact, fairly old), third party, not-locked-down Distro.

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