Famed hacker Geohot (known to his mother as George Hotz) has thrown down a Gauntlet to games console giant Sony.
The Playstation3 maker recently announced that it would be removing the ability to install various flavours of Linux on the Darth Vader's Toaster of a console, a policy no doubt inspired by a certain hacker's regular boasts that he has very nearly opened up the innards of the PS3 for all.
Despite insisting that he has no interest in playing pirated games on the PS3, Hotz has continued to poke Sony's security guards with his hacking stick, and is now being all indignant about them slamming shut - or more accurately removing - the back door through which he has undoubtedly been gaining his forced entries.
Hotz has now promised to provide a way of updating the console's system without hobbling the Other OS capability in order to prove to Sony that it can't take away services which people have already paid for.
"Hacking isn't about getting what you didn't pay for, it's about making sure you do get what you did [pay for]," he says in his blog. "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 decided 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."