Sony Inevitably Gets Sued For Removal of Linux Install
Another day, another ridiculous lawsuit. Sony is being sued by a Californian man because in a recent update, the company removed the ability to install another OS other than the standard PS3 firmware. This was principally used to install Linux on the console, which, from experience, is a pain in the arse.
Anthony Ventura filed the complaint (.PDF) in a Californian court which says that Mr. Ventura bought the console especially for the purpose of using the ‘œInstall Other OS’ feature. It says the removal of the feature is ‘œnot only a breach of the sales contract between Sony and its customers and a breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, but it is also an unfair and deceptive business practice perpetrated on millions of unsuspecting consumers.’
Mr Ventura is looking for ‘œappropriate remedies’ in return for the suffering this event has caused him, despite the fact that the complaint notes that users are not forced to update, but he contests that Sony has ‘œbuilt a vast and sticky web of restrictions that will prevent users from accessing many of the PS3′s other advertised features.’ He also mentions that buying a PS3 and installing Linux means he doesn’t need to purchase a separate PC and thus will save him some cash. However, being able to buy a $500 videogame console hardly makes him sound impoverished.
As with most of these cases, Sony will probably settle, give the guy some token amount and move on. The rest of us will sit in bewilderment and ask ‘œwhy does anybody want to use Linux?’