Linux (Unofficially) Returns To The PlayStation 3

In many ways, it was Sony's 2010 decision to remove Linux compatibility from the PlayStation 3 that sowed the seeds for the current PSN downtime and data attacks. So there's poignancy to the news that this week Linux has returned to the system.

A team of homebrew developers have released a custom piece of firmware called "OtherOS++", which not only brings Linux compatibility back to the PS3, but improves on Sony's original offering by giving users access to "the system's innards".

The catch? You've got to be running old firmware prior to the installation of OtherOS++, otherwise it won't work.

Hackers Restore OtherOS To PS3 [Edge]


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    The first program for OtherOS++? PS3 emulator.

    Now you can play all of you PS3 "Backups" on your PS3, without needing to be in possession of the original discs.

    Also plays "backup" copies of downloadable games!

      Sagarat, such people *do* exist so don't insinuate that the people will primarily pirate games.

        Yes one in 999,999.01 people do do it to protect there disc's. Most are hypocrits though and pirate at least a few things.

      Haha, So true.

    I can't imagine that a lot of people actually installed Linux on their PS3s when it supported it.

    When I bought mine I didn't care at all about the ability (or lack of because I bought a slim) to install other OS'.

      I might downgrade my bulky PS3 to try this, since it's jailbroken.

      Because, let's face it... I have nothing to do on my slim due to SONY's failings, plus I need updates and DLC for some of my games.

        Yeah I have a launch model and a slim and was thinking about hacking mine just to see what it's like for nerd factor. Then I realised using linux on a ps3 is pointless and I rather keep my worth money backwards compat unit legit... I actually honestly don't pirate games and software.

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