The PS3 Slim has hit a chord and may well push the PS3 to the sales numbers that Sony always dreamed of now that there is no longer a huge price gap between it and the Xbox. One of the things that some hardcore techies liked about the PS3 was that it could run Linux.
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Part of the effort to reduce the cost of the PS3 Slim meant that the new console can no longer run Linux. The catch for some research labs is that they have been using PS3s as part of cell processing clusters.
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The shedding of the Linux feature is reportedly part of cost cutting measures by removing the need to develop Linux drivers. Others say the move was nothing more than a way for Sony to ensure their console would be bought along with games.