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March 29, 2010 // 2:47 pm - Today infamous PS3 hacker GeoHot has blogged that users should not update their PS3 entertainment systems to PS3 Firmware v3.21 when it is released this Thursday as it will disable the OtherOS functionality, and as incentive not to update he has promised the very community he isn't sharing details on how to dump lv2 with that he will work on a solution which could include PS3 Custom Firmware.

To quote: "A note to people interested in the exploit and retaining OtherOS support, DO NOT UPDATE. When 3.21 comes out, I will look into a safe way of updating to retain OtherOS support, perhaps something like Hellcat's Recovery Flasher. I never intended to touch CFW, but if that's how you want to play...

Two things, some people seem to think CFW will enable some sort of piracy. It won't. It'll just be a custom version of 3.21 that doesn't lose OtherOS support. Hacking isn't about getting what you didn't pay for, it's about making sure you do get what you did.

And this is about more than this feature right now. It's about whether these companies have the right to take away advertised features from a product you purchased. Imagine if an exploit were found in Safari on the iPhone, but instead of fixing it, Apple decides to pull web browsing altogether. Legally, they may be within their right to do so, but we have to show them it's the wrong move for the future of the product and the company.

First off, I want to apologize to all the people who use Linux on their PS3. Before releasing, I weighed the pros and cons, and considered the possibility of an impact on OtherOS support.

My logic was this. OtherOS support had already been removed from the Slim (not for technical reasons; I believe it only existed in the first place to promote the Cell for IBM) The builders had apparently no intention of including it in future products. So for the purposes of openness why not release? Not like anything else has (or probably will be) done on the PS3.

Now you go and remove a feature that people expected to be included with the expensive device they purchased, citing "security concerns". What security concerns? It's not like the exploit can be run even close to without the users knowledge.

You have to open the thing up. How could this harm users? Your blog post doesn't list positive reasons for upgrading like I think most users expect. Instead it lists things you will lose if you don't upgrade. Seriously?

The PlayStation 3 is the only product I know that loses features throughout it's life cycle. Software PS2 emulation, SACD playback, and OtherOS support are all just software switches you can flip. It's unbelievable you would go and flip one, not just on new boxes you are shipping, but on tens of millions already in the field."

Here is to hoping GeoHot releases a PlayStation 3 solution in a timely manner, as unfortunately the entire PS3 (and Linux) scene is left waiting on him at the moment.

GeoHot: Don't Update to 3.21, Promises PS3 Custom Firmware

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#27 - Boojak2 - March 29, 2010 // 5:45 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by kablooey View Post
I think GeoHot is the one to blame for this. Without his PS3 hack this never happened. Now he try to play the hero with a custom firmware.

Umm, the exploit was released AFTER when the Slim came out. Yet the Slim version never had OtherOS support. So, it's unlikely that Sony removed OtherOS from Slim because of security concerns because like what I said, the exploit wasn't released back then.

Blame Sony for removing an advertised feature that you bought PS3 for...

#26 - proskopina - March 29, 2010 // 5:34 pm
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hey guys, if the ps3 is going to be hacked. it will be hacked with linux or without.. man made it man can break it.

#25 - imtoodvs - March 29, 2010 // 5:30 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by kablooey View Post
I think GeoHot is the one to blame for this. Without his PS3 hack this never happened. Now he try to play the hero with a custom firmware.

I think we're also the ones to blame everyday begging for the ps3 to be hacked, the "Ipod God" tried to grant this wish, and sony robbed us of $300.. so now its:

1. update & lose $300 worth of stuff that was included in a launch date console.

2. dont update & wait on the idea of a CWF

or

3. lose another $300 & buy ANOTHER ps3, so you can enjoy your brand new slim that "JUST DOES NOT A THING"

my advice, learn to fix YLOD ps3's! its the only way to benefit from sony sticking it to you.

#24 - dream21 - March 29, 2010 // 5:21 pm
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another joke for april fools day.

#23 - 51N15T3R - March 29, 2010 // 5:08 pm
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"It only does half of what it used to"

*SACD Support (NOPE)
*PS2 Emulation (NOPE)
*Linux (NOPE)

#22 - loader187 - March 29, 2010 // 5:03 pm
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What is really funny is how immature people get in every discussion on every forum in the world. I think that is what is really funny. Who cares.

Like I said before if you are using it just for Linux than go buy a computer. You would have saved yourself money.

What is so great about using linux on the ps3 that you cant do on a computer minus the cell processor's power?

#21 - androvsky - March 29, 2010 // 4:38 pm
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Software PS2 emulation, SACD playback, and OtherOS support are all just software switches you can flip.


SACD support requires a special optical pickup that was removed starting with the 40 GB PS3. I wouldn't expect someone that didn't know the PS3 has custom themes to know that though. And I'd love to see his evidence that Sony has a production-ready pure-software PS2 emulator ready. Yeah, we've seen some suspicious file names, but that's it. OtherOS support, well, we know why that's being removed.

#20 - kablooey - March 29, 2010 // 4:34 pm
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I think GeoHot is the one to blame for this. Without his PS3 hack this never happened. Now he try to play the hero with a custom firmware.

#19 - SenorPickle - March 29, 2010 // 4:32 pm
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I can't believe so many of you are slamming Geohot yet again. It seems like its been going down like this: Geohot says he can/will do something, people come out and say that he can't/won't do it, he does what he says he could do, people come back and say it's not enough do more.

If I provided what Geohot did and got the response that he did I would give the PS3 scene the finger and walk away. For every grateful person (and thats what you should be, grateful) there are a dozen that complain because they want MORE.

#18 - ironknee - March 29, 2010 // 4:29 pm
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Has anyone considered that it is possible that Sony is just using the exploit as an excuse to get rid of otherOS from the old PS3s? They already got rid of it on the slim.

I imagine there is some legitimate concern about the exploit, but I have a feeling this is something they've wanted long before they even knew who GeoHotz was.