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[News] Sony Pressured to Compensate for or Return GNU/Linux Support

  • Subject: [News] Sony Pressured to Compensate for or Return GNU/Linux Support
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 00:03:52 +0100
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Two more lawsuits levelled at Sony over the PS3 Linux debacle

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| Sony is starting to come under serious fire 
| over its latest Playstation 3 update (3.21), 
| which saw the removal of the âInstall other 
| OSâ feature, and the denial of access to the 
| Playstation Network and all online gaming for 
| those that chose not to update (as is per the 
| majority of PS3 updates). First came the 
| class action lawsuit from Anthony Ventura of 
| California, and now two more lawsuits have 
| been levelled at Sony over the same issue.


Sony is Now Facing a Total of 3 Lawsuits Over Other OS Removal 

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| You shouldn't act surprised to find out that 
| Sony is being sued yet again over its 
| decision to remove Linux support from its PS3 
| game console. Attorney Rebecca Call was the 
| first lawyer to smell blood and find a 
| disgruntled PS3 owner who was willing to file 
| suit and go along with a class action status.



Sony falls short with system update to PS3

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| The issue isnât that users are losing the
| ability to install Linux on their machines,
| but whether a company can remove a feature
| after purchase. Owners must agree to what
| is called an âEnd User License Agreementâ
| upon purchase, which explicitly states that
| revisions to the firmware are expected; if
| the agreement also says that Sony can
| engage in some nefarious bait-and-switch
| scheme, though, the agreement can be
| challenged in court.


Sony refuses to sanction PS3 refunds

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| Sony says that it has no intention of
| reimbursing retailers if they offer fat PS3
| users partial refunds because of the
| removal of the Install Other OS function.
| Last week, the first PS3 user successfully
| secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as
| compensation for the removal of the ability
| to run Linux on the console.


Quotes of Sony promoting the OtherOS feature

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| Taken from the Playstation.com forums (nice
| work!):
| ----------------
| CREDIT goes to Xrobx who posted these in
| another thread and i wanted to make sure
| that everyone sees them...
| Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.:
| "In addition to playing games, watching
| movies, listening to music, and viewing
| photos, you can use the PS3 system to run
| the Linux operating system. By installing
| the Linux operating system, you can use the
| PS3 system not only as an entry-level
| personal computer with hundreds of familiar
| applications for home and office use, but
| also as a complete development environment
| for the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.)."
| http://www.playstation.com/ps3-openplatform/index.html [playstation.com]
| (
| - google's cached page of the above hyperlink from March 30th
| 2010 which does not say anything about FW 3.21
| removing Other OS. I've saved the page in case it
| goes offline, copy http address into browser as
| link probably won't work. Or, just search google
| and get the cached page. - kiyyto.
| Phil Harrison, February 2007,
| President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios 2005-2008:
| "One of the most powerful things about the
| PS3 is the 'Install Other OS' option."
| http://kotaku.com/235049/20-questions-with-phil-harrison-at-dice [kotaku.com]
| Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.,
| 2006-2009:
| "The Linux Distributor's Starter Kit
| provides information, binary and source
| codes to Linux Distribution developers who
| wants to make their distro support PS3."
| http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux [kernel.org]
| Izumi Kawanishi, Sony, May 2006:
| "Because we have plans for having Linux on
| board [the PS3], we also recognize Linux
| programming activities... Other than game
| studios tied to official developer
| licenses, we'd like to see various
| individuals participate in content creation
| for the PS3."
| http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=9290 [gamasutra.com]
| Geoffrey Levand, August 2009,
| Principal Software Engineer at Sony
| Corporation:
| "Please be assured that SCE is committed to
| continue the support for previously sold
| models that have the "Install Other OS"
| feature and that this feature will not be
| disabled in future firmware releases."
| mailing list to PS3 customers using Linux
| Phil Harrison, May 2006,
| President of Sony Computer Entertainment
| Worldwide Studios 2005-2008:
| "The Playstation 3 is a computer. We do not
| need the PC."
| http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,418642,00.html [spiegel.de]
| Make.Believe... you didn't see that


Sony Admits Wrong

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| This is a prime example of bait and switch.
| How can Sony be allowed to do this to
| consumers and not face legal issues.


RE: 10 Linux commandments

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|    8. You shall not steal.
| Run only free, open-source software. Do not
| go after payware or cracks.


Purported hack brings Linux back to the PS3

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| Sony PlayStation 3 owners who held off on
| updating their systems in order to keep
| from losing the option to install alternate
| operating systems have a new glimmer of
| hope. Hacker George Hotz (a.k.a Geohot) has
| released a video of a new hack that
| promises to keep the alternate OS install
| feature, even with the 3.21 firmware update
| that was released last week.


Sony Deletes Feature On PS3's; You Don't Own What You Thought You Bought

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| It used to be when you bought a product, you
| owned it. Simple, right? And once you owned
| it, you could do what you want with it? But,
| lately, thanks to digital products and an
| always connected world, many companies have
| changed things around -- so the products you
| thought you owned, you actually rent.

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