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Purported hack brings Linux back to the PS3

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Sony PlayStation 3 owners who lost the option to install alternate operating systems (like Linux) with last week's 3.21 firmware update have a new glimmer of hope. Hacker George Hotz (a.k.a Geohot) has released a video of a new hack that promises to bring the option back.

Hotz says the hack is nothing more than a custom system software update that can be installed without having to do any hardware modifications, but users need to be on version 3.15 of the PS3 firmware or earlier. This means that if you've already updated to the latest firmware, you're out of luck.

One exciting tidbit to come out of this news is that the hack could enable alternate operating system installs on the PS3 Slim, the latest version of Sony's game console. It shipped without the feature, something Sony never fully explained.

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