ArsTechnica.com confirms news of a proposed settlement in the PS3 Linux Class Action Lawsuit where Sony agrees to pay gamers up to $55 each for their Firmware 3.21 update's OtherOS removal that rendered Linux inoperable on the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.
This news comes after Sony apologized for the OtherOS removal blaming backups concerns and later contradicting themselves stating it was due to cost and not security issues.
To quote: "Under the terms of the accord, (PDF) which has not been approved by a California federal judge yet, gamers are eligible to receive $55 if they used Linux on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be vetted by a judge next month, also provides $9 to each console owner that bought a PS3 based on Sony's claims about "Other OS" functionality.
While the deal still needs a judge's signature, here's what the settlement says about how gamers can get their cash:
To get the $55, a gamer "must attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality." To get the $9, PS3 owners must submit a claim that, at the time they bought their console, they "knew about the Other OS, relied upon the Other OS functionality, and intended to use the Other OS functionality."
Alternatively, according to the deal, to get $9, a gamer "may attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010."
In the meantime, relentless PlayStation 3 hackers have managed to still get Linux back on PS3 Firmware 3.41 and even the PS3 Slim without Sony's help.
Is anyone here going to collect their $ony money? I may go for the $9 option, as I no longer have my PS3's proof-of-purchase nor serial number.
Thanks @mcmrc1 in the Shoutbox for the news on this PS3 Linux settlement.