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Linux lovers riled up over Sony PS3 lawsuit, Firefox woes

The open source Linux community has had plenty to talk and argue about in recent weeks -- and we're not even talking about Canonical's recent decisions to embrace Qt, dump X Window in favor of Wayland, and favor its own Unity UI layer over GNOME.

Generating the greatest outrage is a familiar villain: Sony. The PlayStation 3 v3.55 received a jailbreak courtesy of George Hotz (better known as GeoHot) on Jan. 7, enabling users to once again run Linux on the game player. Last week, Sony filed a lawsuit against the hacker, as described in this Wired report.

Hotz vowed to create the root-level firmware hack last year, after Sony announced that a 3.21 update due on April 1 would prohibit the installation of alternate OSes due to security concerns. Sony held true to its promise, and the four-year run of loading Linux distros on the gaming box came to an end.

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Also: Google's H.264 Move: The 'Right Thing' or the 'Worst Thing' for Web Standards?




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