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Sony Hasn’t Always Hated Homebrew Development

Sony Hasn't Always Hated Homebrew DevelopmentSony's recent run of legal and now technical issues with hackers can be traced back to a single decision: that of removing the ability to run the Linux operating system on the PlayStation 3. While Sony cut Linux out of piracy fears, fans were upset that it brought to an end over a decade of custom tinkering and homebrew development on PlayStation consoles.

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yewles12418d ago

*facepalm* They NEVER hated homebrew in general, just piracy and emulation tools, which are homebrew as well.

BISHOP-BRASIL2418d ago

Exactly. In fact, PS3 was once homebrew acceptive from factory. It was called OtherOS, but it had to be removed since hackers were more interested in finding exploits on it to get past security instead of developing their own programs and tools.

Istanbull2418d ago

Sony is the most friendly towards homebrew. Remember how Sony always makes develop kits available for the public near the end of the lifecycle of a console?

Like the Net Yaroze PlayStation. But little kids like gayohot and the 14 year old virgin nerds from anonymous wouldn't know this ofcourse.

Jezuz2417d ago

"But little kids like gayohot and the 14 year old virgin nerds from anonymous wouldn't know this ofcourse."

And calling people "gay" and a "virgin" is totally mature. Not that I'm supporting them.

MmaFan-Qc2417d ago

@Jezuz
say thx to george hotz for the removal of OtherOS

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ionlyneedonebubble2418d ago (Edited 2418d ago )

How awesome would it be to have a PS3 with like 200 of your favorite disk based games stored on the HD. You would be in heaven. This is what the good hackers wanted to do. The other kind of hackers are the ones who brought the PSN down and possibly stole your personal info. GeoHot is an example of a hacker who wanted the 200 game PS3 arcade box of awesomeness. The PSN Hacker is the opposite.

yewles12418d ago

Is that why the first thing Geohot did was an SNES emulator on the PS3?

disturbing_flame2418d ago

mate i think you've got a scoop.

TheTruth892418d ago

Net Yaroze says HI! (PS1)
Black Rhyno says HI! (PS2)
OtherOS Says HI! (PS3)

Sony never hated homebrew!

joeorc2418d ago (Edited 2418d ago )

is just dumb..for one Sony is one of the founder's of the Open handset alliance!!! you know the people that support Android OS!

OHA founded in 2007

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

as a matter of fact

Official Bootloader support is now live from Sony

even for the XPERIA-PLAY!

http://unlockbootloader.son...

THE REAL REASON AMONG MANY WHY SONY WENT AFTER HOTZ:

it is for the simple fact would that cause damage to the company if I released such information that a reasonable chance that it would cause damage to said company?

by his own statement:

example:

The SPEs can be used as oracles, although perhaps not from OtherOS. On a TEST, you can dump lv2 and games. Combine that with this, and thats everything. It’s just a matter of software to get lv2 to load using this.

Comment by George Hotz — January 27, 2010

notice this right here

"you can dump lv2 and games."

would it be say that someone else could hack your software to do allow piracy?

remember:

Geohot is a hacker..he does it to make thing's do what they were not meant to do.

Im a Hacker myself. but here is where me an him differ..I follow Prudence he does not. How do i know Simple really.
He did not follow the Law of prudence:

He may say it's mine I can do anything i want with it, while i agree with that..but as soon as you post what you did online it's no longer about just you it's now about US ie: everyone else.

Now you can say freedom of Information an all which i think freedom of speech is great you have a a due conviction to follow prudence in what you do.

would that cause damage to the company if I released such information that a reasonable chance that it would cause damage to said company?

by his own statement:

example:

Comment by George Hotz — January 27, 2010

notice this right here

"you can dump lv2 and games."

would it be safe to say that someone else could hack your software to do allow piracy?

another example:

It does give you full access to the GPU. This really is a full hack of the PS3, despite how long it takes some people to believe it. The isolated SPEs can be viewed as black box crypto engines. Whether we can ever run them without a system is somewhat irrelevant. For example, the iPhone and PSP both have crypto engines that require the hardware, but are both widely hailed as hacked.

Comment by George Hotz — January 27, 2010

again

"It does give you full access to the GPU."

Linux was allowed on the PS3 with Restrictions, that you as the end user cannot have direct access to the PS3's GPU..the developer's an Publisher's have to pay for that privilage.

Last time i check that is the right of the creator to decide that not the consumer.

Sony had too their part of their income stream is licence development developer's it's the same if people were using Epic's unreal game engine you have to pay for it.

Investors would expect Sony to protect that.

Jezuz2417d ago

I think we get the point

Tru_Blu2417d ago

Should be obvious, they gave us the option of otherOS. That is until hackers forced them to remove it. Everyone should be crystal clear on the fact now.. Hackers ruin it for everyone. How anyone supports them is beyond me, they could very well end up killing gaming completely.