With the release of the PS3 Slim, Sony has announced that the new SKU will no longer support the ‘Other OS’ install option. It is going the way of PS2 support before it, and being cut in the name of cost savings. Sure, Linux on the PS3 was crippled under a hypervisor which prevented direct access to the GPU, but it still marked a step in the right direction for opening up a nice hardware platform to the masses for something besides games & movies.
This change, fortunately, does not affect existing PS3s, but raises the question – What if one day for some reason, Sony just decided that they aren’t including the hypervisor anymore in firmware updates? Would those of us with Linux installed have any way of pulling that data off the drive?