Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th May 2011 22:41 UTC
Games "It all began when a young man named George Hotz began to work on the PlayStation 3, trying to gain access to the machine in a way that made Sony uncomfortable. In response, Sony removed the OtherOS functionality of the PlayStation 3 in a mandatory update, and the hacking community was not happy with this decision, resulting in a sort of cold war. PS3 hackers have once again gained the upper hand: Linux has been returned to the PlayStation 3."
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RE: Wonderfully useless
by Laurence on Sat 7th May 2011 12:46 UTC in reply to "Wonderfully useless"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

I used to think those console hacks were great but when we come down to it, it's really just hacking for the sake of hacking. I mean, who will jump through all the hoops just to run linux on a PS3 as their everyday box?

With the variety that today's PCs offer in performance and form factor, it's become so easy to find something that fits one's needs. It's also easier to get drivers for such hardware and get on with your productive day.

I guess putting linux on the PS3 is like climbing a high mountain. You put a lot of effort into it and you're really happy once you're on top but then all you can do is sit for a minute, take a picture and come back down.


If this was a new console that was hacked, then I might agree with you that it's a largely pointless exercises that's engaged for purely hobbiest (is that a word?) reasons.

However the PS3 did previously support Linux and Sony forcefully removed that feature post sale. So in reality all these hackers are do is returned advertised features to a devices that a purchased with it.

It really is a sad state of affairs when you have to hack a device just to retain functionality, let alone enhance it.

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RE[2]: Wonderfully useless
by WereCatf on Sat 7th May 2011 13:45 in reply to "RE: Wonderfully useless"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

hobbiest (is that a word?)


No, and the correct word you're looking for is "hobbyist", just so you know in the future ;)

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RE[3]: Wonderfully useless
by Laurence on Sun 8th May 2011 12:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Wonderfully useless"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"hobbiest (is that a word?)


No, and the correct word you're looking for is "hobbyist", just so you know in the future ;)
"


Thank you ;)

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RE[2]: Wonderfully useless
by viton on Sat 7th May 2011 21:39 in reply to "RE: Wonderfully useless"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

in reality all these hackers are do is returned advertised features to a devices that a purchased with it.

OtherOS was not an advertised feature of PS3 Slim.

Edited 2011-05-07 21:39 UTC

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RE[3]: Wonderfully useless
by umccullough on Sun 8th May 2011 00:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Wonderfully useless"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

OtherOS was not an advertised feature of PS3 Slim.


Nope, but the side-effect of returning OtherOS to the PS3 Fat is that it also happens to work on the Slim - which people figured it would, and Sony just didn't want to support it any more (they're notorious for removing features in subsequent revisions of their consoles, unlike most others).

Really too bad too - since the slim uses less power, and would make all those PS3 clusters even more efficient.

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RE[3]: Wonderfully useless
by Lorin on Sun 8th May 2011 03:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Wonderfully useless"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

Yes it was, not only was it written on my box, it was written in the users manual. I kept all of it as evidence.

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