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    Sony taken to court over PS3 'Other OS' removal

    Sony forced PS3 owners into a tough decision with the mandatory 3.21 firmware update: either lose online play, or forgo Linux support. On Tuesday, Anthony Ventura chose door number three -- and filed a lawsuit in California, asking the judge for class-action status. The complaint quotes Sony executives on numerous occasions saying how vital and important the "Install Other OS" feature was to the game console (it's a computer, remember?) and claims breach of contract, false advertising, and several other causes of action against the entertainment giant. Sure, a lawsuit was bound to happen, given the number of angry PS3 owners out there, but here's the thing: there's no telling whether the court will grant a class-action certification here, and even if the case gets that far it's pretty unlikely to force Sony to turn the feature back on -- instead, customers will probably receive a token amount in damages while the lawyers get their full fees. For example, a rare, successful class-action suit against Palm -- filed in 2004 -- got Treo 600 owners only $27.50 in store credit, five years later. Meanwhile, we hear European PS3 owners just have to ask for their money back -- which, we promise you, is the fastest way to put an end to your Linux-based PS3 nightmares. Either that, or just wait for Geohot to make it all better.

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    Banned

    Bet Sony regret removing it now

    Original Poster

    They better do....

    "Good evening. In less than an hour, lawsuits from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching a legal battle against Sony. Other OS, that phase should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate they removed linux, and the different OS's will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win that day, the install Other OS will no longer be known as a useless feature and the Unix and Unix-like operating systems community will declare in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive. Today we celebrate our Other OS!"

    I hope he wins

    Banned

    geohot our saviour:lol:

    Banned

    Never felt the need to install Linux on my PS3 but he's got my backing.

    Sony should've been trying to make up for the leap year fiasco and their complete denial of the scale of the problem. Instead, they just P more people off.

    Sony won't be going down without a fight. Hope this guy wins but in the American courts, one man Vs a mega corp isn't going to be an easy battle.

    If you think about how much money Sony must have wasted playing the cat and mouse game with PSP hackers, patching every exploit found - they sure won't want to have to do that for the PS3. So, they just remove the entire problem rather than patching the exploit. No linux, no more hacks.
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