"A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer
Entertainment America for the removal of the 'Other OS' feature
from the PlayStation 3.
"In March, Sony released firmware v3.21 that disabled the
feature, disallowing users from installing the Linux operating
system. The update was not mandatory; however those who chose not
to download it were cut off from a number of other features, one of
which included signing in to PlayStation Network.
"The suit, filed on April 27 by Anthony Ventura of California,
seeks to redress Sony for the "intentional disablement of the
valuable functionality originally advertised as available" for the
Playstation 3. The disabling of Linux support is not only in breach
of the sales contract between Sony and its customers, the suit
says, but also a deceptive business practice "perpetrated on
millions of unsuspecting customers."