Sony agrees to pay millions for abandoning Linux on PS3

Remember how Sony launched the PS3 with “OtherOS” support, so you could install Linux or whatever other PowerPC-compatible OS you could finagle onto your shiny new next-gen gaming system? And then remember how just a couple years later Sony discontinued support for OtherOS, with a new system update that removed the functionality?

Well, some people never forgot. An on-and-off-again class action lawsuit, started back in 2010, is finally bearing fruit. Sony has agreed to a settlement with the litigants to pay $55 to anyone who can prove they owned an OtherOS-capable PS3 (what the settlement adorably refers to as a “Fat PS3,” as opposed to the slim model that never supported OtherOS) and actually used that functionality. If you simply knew…

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