Firmware update 3.21 that Sony PS3 owners received on April 1st came with a bit of controversy as it removed the operating system’s ability to install another OS such as builds of Linux that had been created specifically running on the PS3. However, well-known hacker George “Geohot” Hotz claims that he has Linux up an running on the new firmware. Unfortunately, while the custom firmware required for the hack isn’t available yet, you will be out of luck anyway if you have already installed firmware update 3.21. Here’s a link to the hacker showing video proof of the hack working.
Hotz writes: “This can be installed without having to open up your PS3, just by restoring a custom generated [PlayStation 3 Update File] file, but only from 3.15 or previous. It’s possible this [custom firmware] will also work on the slim to actually *enable* OtherOS.” The redesigned PlayStation 3 slim model shipped without the option to install another operating system.