I am now using firmware 3.41, AND 3.15 I bought a second hand Launch PS3 (so Sony didn't get a dime from the sale) this restored my ability to play PS2 games, while my other PS3 still has OtherOS. this does not mean I'm happy with Sony, I just managed to restore lost functionality.
You know after 4 months of not playing online, shopping the PSN store, or using Home, I found myself in an odd place, first of all I started playing online like nothing had happened, and even earned a new trophy, but the odd thing is I looked through the PSN store Sony added movies to the store finally, but when I was looking at the games section, nothing that was added in the past 4 months even interested me. but the really odd thing is I went on Home, and I felt like an alien, I was so disconnected from it, I used to visit that place every day, and loved it, but either I'be been away too long or it changed on me...
anyways, this doesn't change my views, I still want Sony to restore OtherOS, until Sony does that, I won't be giving Sony a dime of my money. I'm just glad I can play online again, and since my original launch PS3 died I've been dying to get PS2 BC. If Sony left OtherOS in there and left the option to buy a new PS3 with PS2 HW BC then Sony could have made a sale, but we don't have that option, and regardless of if I spent $700 a few years ago for a launch PS3 or some one payed $300 last week, we apparently get the same functionality in terms of OtherOS.
Well, good for you you have Linux!
The slow, 256MB RAM limited, poorly implemented hack-job Linux, that is.
I got what I paid for and didn't lose it, I held on to it, and I also realize the limitations Linux on the PS3 has, but I also know that it's still a powerful resource, and I will not give it up. When the PS3 was first launched there wasn't man games as another console that had been released a year earlier, but I knew the PS3 has so much more raw power, it had blu-ray, and it had a name I've found I could trust. the PS3 was worth far more that the $700 I spent on it, I think it cost Sony originally something like 1200 - 1300 dollars to make, not surprising when you think of the cost of the Cell processor, and the blu-ray laser at the time.
I knew the value of the machine and was happy to spend my money on it because I saw it as a bargain, that included the Linux functionality. you can bad mouth the PS3 all you want but as far as I'm concerned OtherOS is a gem allowing gamers/geeks to use Linux on what Sony was hoping to be a 'supercomputer' while the performance or slow (likely due to some limitation Sony put in and the fact you had low amount of RAM) the CPU is what made it exciting, and I'll continue to cherish OtherOS. I hope that Sony re-introduces OtherOS into their firmware so that I can run OtherOS on my launch PS3 the way it should.