Many users were angry and an attempt at a class action suit was filed in California in April. The claim made called the changes were “unfair and deceptive” as well as a “breach of good faith”. People bought the machines because of the fact that Linux could be used on them. People in several other states have also filed lawsuits based on the same issues.
Due to laws in other countries, some overseas buyers have already received refunds without filing any type of suit as Sony was required to pay based on lessoning the capabilities of the Playstation 3.
Recently, a new device that connects to the Plastation 3 like a thumb drive is reportedly becoming available. The technical term for the device is a “dongle”. Named the PS Jailbreak, it will turn the PS3 into a machine that is compatible with Linux again.
The dongle allows regular online play and is also fully updatable. All regions are supported. The dongle also keeps the user from having to buy an expensive blue ray player or disks as the games can be backed up to an external hard drive through a USB device, and the games can be directly booted from the GUI.
What the outcome will be is yet to be decided. Sony had announced at one time that they would create a fix to restore the OtherOS option. However, the first one that they supposedly released turned out to be a hoax. Most users have given up waiting on the fix.