The old 'fat' PlayStation 3 model loses the ability to run Linux as the user for April 1st announced 3.21 firmware update. Sony says from 'security' to have come to this step.
PlayStation 3 models which until the introduction of the slim model in September 2009 were sold, possessed an "install other OS' option. Thus a user could install Linux on the hard disk of the console and the open source operating system. It did Sony have made some restrictions, especially one involving a direct hypervisor access to the RSX GPU-blocking. The PS3 'smart' has no installation option for Linux.
As of firmware version 3.21, which is available Thursday, void the possibility to install Linux on a PS3, so reports
the console manufacturer. According to Sony has decided this step because of the security. It refers to the manufacturer probably the first successful attempts to console cracking.
Owners of a "fat" PS3 can ignore the firmware update, but Sony no longer guarantees that recent games will not run. Moreover, there are not logged into the PlayStation Network and multiplayer games that use of the same network impossible. Furthermore, the manufacturer reports that users' other OS'-option and still want to install the new firmware, first to make a backup, because the Linux partition after the update is no longer accessible. What changes with the new firmware also brings is still unknown.