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    Another Lawsuit Taken Against Sony For Other OS Removal

    While most of the cases that i have reported about, have come from America, this one comes from the opposite of the world, Australia.

    Michael Trebil**** a 25 year old from a town called Modbury, is suing Sony for $800AU, for the removal of the Other OS function, here is a quote from the source:

    Mr Trebil****'s complaint is with the "Install Other OS" feature included in the PlayStation 3 he bought in March 2007.

    The feature allowed PlayStation users to replace the standard PS3 operating system with a different one, such as Linux - a popular free alternative to Windows available for download on the internet - allowing them to use the device as a personal computer as well as a video games console.

    However, an "optional upgrade" introduced by Sony on April 1 deleted the feature - rendering useless any other programs already downloaded to the console.

    Mr Trebil**** has lodged a claim at Holden Hill Magistrates Court where he is seeking $800 from Sony - a figure he said was reached by calculating how much it would cost to rent a laptop for each day the component has been removed - plus $116 in fees. He said the function had been "praised by Sony as the most powerful feature of the PS3" ahead of the machine's launch, and was the main reason for his purchase.

    "One of the reasons I bought (the PS3) was for this feature - it allowed you to use the PS3 as a computer, not just a games console," Mr Trebil**** said.

    "You could attach printers to it and print documents, you could use Messenger and Firefox web browsing.

    "But (Sony) decided that particular part of the system, which they had marketed as one of the reasons for buying it, was posing a security risk, and removed it."

    Sony Computer Entertainment Australia said the feature was removed because of security issues, and said it had been part of an "optional" software update.

    "Whilst we are mindful of the impact that this decision may have on affected users, we nevertheless felt compelled to (remove the function) due to security concerns," Sony wrote in a letter to PlayStation 3 buyers after the change, a copy of which has been lodged with the court.

    "Given the very small number of users taking advantage of this option, we feel that it is a prudent safeguard for the ongoing development of the product which will ultimately benefit all PlayStation 3 users."

    The letter points to a warning on the PS3 packaging which states "design and specifications are subject to change without notice".

    But Mr Trebil**** said the console was "almost useless" if owners did not carry out the update, because failure to do so would prevent them from playing games online, chatting to other users or playing future game releases.

    "They claim it's optional. However, if you don't update you can't play online games and you can't play new Blu-Ray titles in the future and you can't talk to anyone online," he said.

    "It becomes almost useless ... You could use it to watch DVDs and maybe a little bit of web browsing, but for game playing - and a lot of it is online now - by not updating it's pretty much useless.

    "So for all intents and purposes it's a mandatory update."
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    Last edited by GregoryRasputin; 06-20-2010 at 05:52 AM.

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    I hope all these lawsuits against sony will make them change their mind and give us back the other os function.

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    name fail

    He'll probably win - Sony's lawyers won't be able to stop laughing at his name..

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    Ha Trebil****

    but in all seriousness I think Sony should'a really thought this through, I mean the Other OS IS a reason why I bought my PS3, to dev. on Linux, than this mandatory f**king update says "Due to security reasons the Other OS Feature has been disabled in the update 3.21, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused..." :thefinger: inconvenience? I HAD ALL MY PHOTOS ON MY LINUX!!!! Anyway....

    I probably wasn't even going to get CFW anyway, all I wanted it for is to play my NTSC version of Final Fantasy XI on my PAL PS3...

    But now like many others I updated to 3.31 (or is it 3.30? cant remember) and it's all over for me...

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    I think he'll lose because some games can update without signing onto psn. I haven't tried the multiplayer on my ps3 yet, for obvious reasons, and I'm pretty mad about disabling linux too, but I wouldn't go about suing a game company for damages.

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    His claim is totally bull****, o blah blah I baught my ps3 to use it as a computer instead of a game console. Otheros is just and addon, which can be taken away if seen as a threat which it is. No disrespect to everyone that uses it, or that has tryed to use it to hack all the power to you. But when people go sue a company because poor me can use the ps3 as a computer anymore get over it, get a ****in job and buy a computer you ****in bum thats all I have to say, flame me if you want but this **** is dumb. Further more I doubt he will win with that sorry excuse for bull**** hes spewing.

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    -.- go to hell sony:thefinger::thefinger:
    unluckily i bought a ps3 60 giga used,and i found the 3.21!!!!!!
    i want other os

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