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Linux Returns To PS3 Through Custom Firmware Update

Homerbrew developers have released a custom firmware update for Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game console that reactivates the OtherOS functionality that was blocked the company more than a year ago.

The OtherOS++ firmware, which installs the Linux operating system along side Sony’s PS operating system, is described as ‘one small step for devs, one giant kick in the nuts for Sony’.

Sony has not gone well along with the homebrew community since it banned developers from installing Linux on its console. The company also became highly unpopular with developers after it decided to launch a legal assault on PS3 hacker George Hotz.

The company had banned developers from installing Linux on the console after George Hotz cracked the console’s security using Linux.

The developers of the OtherOS firmware allow users to have a far greater access to the console’s system than Sony earlier allowed. However, the firmware can only be installed on consoles that come with older firmware versions.

The OtherOS firmware has been developed by the PS3MFW team, which explained that “After installing the modified firmware, you will need to run some tools in GameOS in order to properly install the petitboot boot loader and your Linux installation.”

“OtherOS++ is more than your typical OtherOS since it gives you full access to the machine, no more being tied down by Sony,” the developer team added.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.