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Playstation 3 Slim model

Sony's Playstation 3 Slim model

Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment

I've never really liked the company Sony. On the computer side, it's hardly been a friend of GNU/Linux. The one glimmer of hope for the company was the PS3. Sony's decision to allow other operating systems — like GNU/Linux — to be installed on the PS3 turned what seems a rather specialized piece of kit into something rather splendid: a really low-cost supercomputer. Indeed, if you needed really high-end computing, the PS3+GNU/Linux combination was probably the cheapest way to achieve this.

No more. The announcement earlier this month for the new Playstation 3 (PS3) Slim model revealed that Sony would no longer support the "Install Other OS" feature that currently operates on existing PS3 machines.

From ComputerworldUK
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