Ben Kuchera at Ars has the follow up to GeoHotz’s promise to deliver a custom firmware that keeps the option to boot Linux on the PS3. I wrote about this in the wake of Sony’s decision to drop Linux support in a pending firmware update for the non-slim/original model PS3s.
“This can be installed without having to open up your PS3, just by restoring a custom generated PUP file, but only from 3.15 or previous,” he writes. “It’s possible this CFW will also work on the slim to actually *enable* OtherOS; I’ll know when my infectus gets here.”
Kuchera notes that if the slim can indeed boot other OSes after applying this firmware, Sony may use it as fodder for further restrictions. Worse, if this hack involved circumventing crypto at all, Sony could try making some legal trouble under the DMCA.
Regardless, this is good news for owners of these consoles and more so for the researchers and distributed computer enthusiasts who relied on the Linux support.