IGN have reported on a press release stating that Sony are to remove the 'Other OS' feature (i.e the ability to install Linux) from the MKI PS3 via a firmware update. Users can choose not to update but will be denied access to the Playstation Network, playback of copy-protected video and playback of any content that requires the new firmware.
Sony stated that
"Disabling the "Other OS" feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system."
That doesn't even make sense - how will disabling something will ensure access to a broad range of entertainment!?!!? I know that most users don't care about this feature but it's one of the main reasons that I bought this console little over one month ago. Surely even if its legal its totally unethical to do this? Theres a difference between removing the feature on new consoles and slapping a sticker on the box to removing functionality from an item already purchased.
Sony's intentions are to combat potential piracy and I'm fine with that but not at the expense of removing functionality that I've already paid for, especially when I'm not pirating anything anyway.
Source - http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/108/1080373p1.html