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Don't forget the new "slim" PS3 doesn't run Linux anymore, and it drops back-compat with the PS2 (since the earlier PS3s actually contained the same graphics hardware as the PS2 specifically for backcompat).
I don't get why Sony gimps the GPU access on the PS3 though. I understand why they don't want to give out full capabilities to 'enthusiasts' but it seems particularly stingy. Couldn't they just rate-limit it or something?
If they gave access to the GPU, people/game companies would start writing games for PS3 Linux and thus bypassing the mandatory license fee/royalty payments for making console games. That is a big part of the business model for consoles (sometimes the consoles themselves are sold at a loss). Even with all the restrictions, some scientific labs were buying up PS3s by the truckload to build inexpensive beowulf clusters. I'm not sure Sony liked that very much.