Judge guts suit against Sony for killing Linux in PS3
Feb 24, 2011, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A federal judge has dismissed all but one of the claims leveled
against Sony for dropping Linux support from its PlayStation 3 game
console, but gave the plaintiffs permission to refile an amended
complaint that fixes the deficiencies.
"A complaint seeking class-action status on behalf of all PS3
owners was filed in April and claimed that the disabling of the
so-called OtherOS violated a raft of civil laws, including those
for breach of warranty, unfair competition and computer fraud. Sony
had touted the feature, which allowed users to run Linux and other
software on their consoles, in interviews and presentations, but
later dropped it after a well-known hacker figured out how to
exploit OtherOS to jailbreak the PS3.
"In court documents Sony attorneys said those statements didn't
constitute promises and that even if they did, the written warranty
and the software license agreement that accompany the PS3 system
gave the company every right to disable OtherOS."