U.S. Air Force Does Not Sound Pleased With The PS3's Recent Change

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Last month, Sony nixed the option to install a second operating system to the PlayStation 3, one of the console's original features. That angered some folks, particularly those who bought the console specifically for that feature, like the Air Force.

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Last year, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory bought a whole mess of PlayStation 3s—following their successful assessment of the hardware—to capitalize on the system's Cell processor and relatively cheap hardware. With "Install Other OS" yanked from the system, the USAF sounds none too pleased about its investment.

Lab reps told Ars Technica that the change "will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail."

"The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS," a USAF lab spokesperson said, "which seems wrong. We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that use to have it."

Yikes.

Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update [Ars Technica]

DISCUSSION

Give me a fucking break. The airforce with its billions of dollars of money to spend each year cant replace them with some cheap linux boxes? They waste shitloads of money a year, cant tell them me tried to save money by using a bunch of ps3 systems?

Im sure if the united states government went to sony and said "Hey we could use the linux ability back would you help us? I have no doubt sony would fix it for a entire fucking countrys airforce.

Besides when you buy something as singulary propritary like a ps3 and it suddenly doesnt do what you want then you got no room to complain. What kind of major functional system buys game machines to do computer work anyway?

Sony rolled out an update for their system that has a agreement to it stating that you accept the update. It can not possibly be anymore clear than that.

Besides they are a worldwide multi billion dollar company thats been around a long damn time. I can not concieve of them doing something like this without good reason and done so in a manner that covers their ass legally.

People need to stop bitching about this. If you bought a game console just so you can run linux then well, thats your damn fault. You can buy a freaking emachine and run linux on it just the same.