– Sony (NYSE: SNE) plans to disable the ability for its PlayStation 3 game console to run
Linux or other operating systems in a firmware update due for release next week,
according to reports.
"Millions" of older consoles will be affected
by the change in policy, which Sony said "will help ensure that PS3 owners
will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment
content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system."
World notes that "running Linux on the PS3 allows amateur developers to
tinker with the PS3’s Cell processor, Sony sanctioned, and cobble together
home-baked utilities and games. It’s also been used by researchers to build ‘discount
supercomputers’ to run scientific simulations that might otherwise ‘cost
thousands of dollars.’"