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OtherOS Wasn't Worth The Trouble

Geek Revolt writes "Hackers made a fuss over the lost ability to install Linux on their PS3s (something they recently restored)—apparently OtherOS was the PS3’s best feature in their eyes, not the games. In recent months, they launched attacks on Sony in hopes of getting it back, this ultimately led to anonymous shutting PSN down. While the PS3 is a great gaming console, as a computer, it leaves something to be desired. Here are a few reasons why OtherOS wasn't a feature worth fighting for."

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Emilio_Estevez2724d ago

A few bad apples had to spoil it for the whole bunch.

Muerte24942724d ago

point. The only thing I, personally, wanted from the ps3 hacking community was access to the GPU. Alot of things such as flash and VLC didn't work properly because flash couldn't use hardware acceleration. Geohotz thought he was going gain more fame if he hacked the infamous ps3. He didn't even hack it, there was a ps3 masterkey leak that allowed for the following hacks to be performed on the system.

Emilio_Estevez2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

Yup, he was just the first one to use the key properly and fully open it. That didn't work out so well for him....It would have been nice to try, but alas, I never got around to it.

Muerte24942724d ago

@DrStabwounds
Yea, Sony held a hackathon to see if hackers could properly hack the ps3's cell.

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ComboBreaker2724d ago

Direct access to the GPU? You still won't be able to take advantage of it without a driver from nVidia.

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Cardenjs2724d ago

Other OS was tempting when I first bought the console at launch, but in the end all I wanted to do was play games.

RankFTW2724d ago

I installed OtherOS when I first got my PS3 back in the day but for me it just seemed like a gimmick. If people wanted to use linux so bad they can just install it on their PC.

Oner2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

I too installed OtherOS on 2 of my PS3's that were capable. Kept them somewhat up to date with the new versions of YDL up to the last 6.1 and all I ended up using it for was for The ZeroGame Project (Milti-System Emulator).

It was perfectly fine for what it was, and I was totally happy with it as it was...not as important or great as EgoHot/Anonymous would like to have people believe. At first I admit to being pissed at Sony for it's removal...until I sat back and said "Wait a minute ~ EgoHot is responsible for this! Let me place blame where it should be." Because I/WE already had the capability to use it and because of his ego/immaturity WE ALL lost it.

See "they" would have people believe "they" had a right to do with their console as they pleased. And "they" would be partially correct. If kept private. But the moment "they" released their "work" using stolen intellectual property in the name of "consumer rights" without any prudence it goes to show "they" are in it for other reasons...i.e. to enable Piracy.

Godmars2902724d ago

And again, a big thanks goes out to Geohot.

Mister_G2724d ago

I tried it using a "Live CD". It was okay I suppose.

You want Linux? Put it on your PC/laptop, I'll run so much better :)

mrv3212724d ago

I put Ubuntu 9.10 on a ten year old machine, with a X600, 512mb of ram and 2GHz single core CPU, it runs like a dream.

OtherOS on PS3 was aweful, people complained because someone removed something they never used, never would use and won't us if it was given back.

blackburn102724d ago

Understatement of the year

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