According to a recent article in Wired magazine [online edition], an upcoming operating system upgrade for your PS3 game console will deny users access to installing “other” operating systems. That means the slew of universities and research organizations running their astrophysics, sequencing and other wheels-off applications on aggregate PS3 clusters will no longer have access to their resident Linux installs.
So what if I don’t upgrade, right? Users whom choose not to upgrade will lose access to Sony’s Playstation network, chat and the ability to play the latest Blue-ray movies. Of course, most scientific users use neither.
For more info, read Wired mag’s article here.