March 29, 2010 - When the PS3 first debuted in 2006, one of its selling points was the ability to install Linux on it, allowing technically savvy gamers to use the PS3 as an alternative to a home computer. The slim PS3 that debuted last year doesn't have that feature and now the "Other OS" option is being blocked out altogether with the 3.21 firmware update, scheduled for April 1st.
On the Playstation Blog, SCEA's director of communications and social media Patrick Seybold said that this is due to security concerns. No concerns were named, but interestingly enough the update will go live exactly 2 months after American hacker George Hotz hacked the PS3's operating system, allowing it to play pirated games.
The update is optional, but users who opt out will not be able to use the Playstation Network or use various other online features.