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It all began when a young man named George Hotz began to work on the PlayStation 3, trying to gain access to the machine in a way that made Sony uncomfortable. In response, Sony removed the OtherOS functionality of the PlayStation 3 in a mandatory update, and the hacking community was not happy with this decision, resulting in a sort of cold war. PS3 hackers have once again gained the upper hand: Linux has been returned to the PlayStation 3.

There are a few limitations in terms of the models you can use to access this new custom firmware, but now you'll be able to use Linux with the full support of the hardware, without Sony setting up arbitrary barriers. Here are the features supported:

  • Into HV integrated OtherOS bootloader loader (compatible with OtherOS bootloader on 3.15)
  • OtherOS bootloader is booted directly from HV, no GameOS is involved.
  • Process of booting OtherOS bootloader loader is very similar to 3.15 method
  • Booting Linux from HDD/USB/BD/Network
  • Linux with GameOS rights
  • Full access to all HV SS services (Dispatcher Manager) from GameOS or Linux
  • Full access to all System Manager services
  • Ability to create/modify/remove repository nodes in LPAR 1 (e.g. with ps3dm-utils or ps3hvc-utils).
  • This ability gives you much power over the whole system because many layers of PS3 use repository nodes to exchange information.
  • Enabled QA mode in Update Manager
  • Downgrading without USB dongle or Service Mode
  • Ability to deactivate/activate HDD/VFLASH encryption (e.g. with ps3stor-utils)
  • Support for ps3-utils. You can flash new OtherOS bootloader from Linux e.g.

Enabling Linux support is not an easy process, and it's certainly not optimized for people who aren't already well-versed in this sort of thing, but it's out, it's freely available, and it improves on the original implementation of the OtherOS functionality.

Sony is still bleeding from its wounds, and this is just twisting the knife in a little deeper. A quote at the top of the page, directed at Sony, sums it up: "My hardware, my rules. I brought back what you took away."

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awesome news .... ! ;)

way to go ...! :thumbsup:

Sony deserved this ,


say it asked for this .... :bag:

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:dance2: What goes around comes around. :P

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sony has perception as hardware manufacturer, but in reality its massive in all antipiracy and general Internet political world- too big to be goodies! :P

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  • 2 weeks later...

A hacker has released an unofficial patch for the PlayStation 3, reviving the OtherOS feature removed by Sony with the 3.21 firmware, according to a report. No, it is not Geohot this time round. This new version of the OtherOS, released by a hacker named Graf Chokolo, is enhanced is called OtherOS++ and allows Linux to be installed on the console. According to the hacker, the enhancements include "read/write anything in PS3 RAM" and possibility of "HV hacking".


Security experts believe that the removal of OtherOS may have been the main reason why many hackers got interested in hacking into the PS3. You can find out more at Graf Chokolo's website.

Update: The update patch has been removed from the website because Sony has allegedly asked it to be taken down.


Staff Note: Threads merged. ;)

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