In a rather cruel twist of fate for Sony, a group of hackers have released Other OS++, a custom firmware for the PlayStation 3 console that resurrects the much talked about Other OS feature.
Oh the irony
In case you were unaware, Sony removed the ability to install Linux on the PS3 via the Other OS feature following GeoHot’s initial attempts to hack into the console as a measure to protect its security. This move antagonized a lot of the PS3 owners, who didn’t take too kindly to Sony removing features from a product they had purchased and forcing them to comply with the feature removal if they wanted to continue using the PS3’s online services. This was also the case for many who had never used, and never had any inclination to use, the aforementioned feature.
The move also triggered the heightening of the hacking efforts against the PS3, which resulted in fail0verflow and GeoHot’s discoveries – ones that we’ve heard of plenty about now. At a time when Sony is struggling to cope with the PSN outage caused by external intrusion and the leakage of its customers’ personal information, this release by the PS3MFW team serves as a counter punch right to the noggin.