PS3, now with custom firmware

Now that hackers have unlocked the doors to the PS3, it’s time for the more technologically gifted gamers among us to move in their own furniture, or in other words install custom firmware.

Youness “KaKaRoTo” Alaoui, founder and lead developer of PSFreedom, the Linux-based gadget driver for jailbreaking Sony’s system, has released tools for creating your own custom firmware via Linux. This should allow for the running of homebrew applications, with a little file tweaking from homebrew developers.

“This firmware will not allow you to run the currently available homebrew application,” KaKaRoTo writes on his blog. “Once the homebrew developers re-package their files in a ‘retail’ .pkg format with signed executable, then it will work…This is just the first attempt at custom firmware, and it only contains a minor modification to allow you to install .pkg files directly, eventually we’ll get some more options added…This is just starting to get interesting!

Personally, the most interesting thing about KaKaRoTo’s custom firmware-creating tools is that they will help the homebrew community continue to flourish, while simultaneously sticking it to those damn dirty pirates.

“Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way.”