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Linux removed from Playstation 3 over security concerns

by William Schwartz

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The upcoming firmware upgrade, version 3.21 for the Playstation 3, will be dropping Linux support due to security concerns in a recent statement released by Sony.  This comes shortly after famed hacker George Hotz released his findings on an exploit which allowed read/write access to the console through another Operating System and Linux.

This new firmware is not a mandatory upgrade for Playstation 3 owners, but will severely limit the console’s functionality if gamers choose to forgo the upgrade.  Since, this feature was not bundled into the PS3 Slim, this update will only be affecting the older models.

This move is thought to be a preemptive strike in the battle against piracy which the Playstation 3 has been seemingly winning in this generation.

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