When the PS3 Slim was released, it no longer supported Linux, but Sony reassured owners of the original PS3s that Linux would continue to work on those systems. Sony has now backtracked and released a firmware update which removes the ability to run Linux on the original PlayStation 3, the last mass-market consumer PowerPC Linux device.

Sony claims this move is a reaction to the recent PlayStation exploit, but given that the exploit requires hardware expertise and doesn’t enable piracy, it seems more likely that the company is using security as a convenient excuse to reduce expenses.

Meanwhile, the author of the exploit has announced he’s investigating development of a custom firmware to preserve Linux support.

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