The war with hackers had begun in March 2010 when Sony removed the ability to install Linux, which really annoyed the hacker community.
The Japanese company felt is was well within its rights to remove the functionality and the hackers obviously thought that this was wholly unfair
The firmware update forced users to choose between the abilty to play the latest online games and installing Linux.
Since then Sony has been beseiged by hackers and online acivists keen to show Sony that they might not be as rich, but they are a lot cleverer than and this has been shown to great effect as the brought the whole PSN down.
The hack involves some complex work, but experienced users will be able to reinstate Linux using a combination of custom firmware called OtherOS++. Apparently is goes way beyond the abilities of the Sony-sanctioned orginal to allow full access to the PS3’s hardware.
The hacking team behind the publication described the ability to reinstate Install OtherOS as “One small steps for devs, one giant kick in the nuts for Sony Corp,”
Sony have yet to make a statement, but would be advised to keep quiet for the fear of stoking the flames of an already troubling situation – the best thing is let them have this small victory and don’t antagonise the hackers any further.