Fail0verflow: “For the PS4, we’re trying something new”


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46 Responses

  1. Ricky D says:

    So, they want to open it up, but only how they see fit. Going from one closed system to a secondary closed system kind of defeats the point

    • Meh says:

      I completely agree. How is this working in their head? Every Linux developer will have invest the time to port badiret to freebsd and then spend the countless hours (weeks?) to make it work on the PS4, JUST so that he is ‘accepted’ by them?! Alternatively, somebody else leaks it? So what changed then?! I don’t get their superior logic. Maybe it overflowed somewhere … All they did is losing the momentum to get people to join them.

      Somebody wrote delusional below. I agree. The ideology that you can boot the community into Linux without a public exploit is a complete misconception. You have to take the bad with the good, but half-*** is not gonna fly. Either you stand for the (full) control over consumer devices or you simply let it be. Either you stand for open development or you let that be.

      The whole thing is written like it makes sense and has purpose but I really doubt they can explain their thoughts thoroughly. I have no idea how this can compute in their heads. This just shows you that technical talent does not imply logic.

      Lastly, they are educated (because somebody told them!), but even their patches are just fish (products). They don’t teach you how to catch them. They don’t give back the knowledge to those who want to start reverse engineering (hardware). They could use the PC-like qualities to introduce people (gamers!) to reversing. They could use Linux and the momentum now to get Linux developers (gamers!) on board.

      They likely have long forgotten how they started and how people openly shared and helped them. So what about intellectual property. What do you care how much a company makes? You could turn a single gamer into a programmer or computer scientist!

      What they do now will just be another failure. Meanwhile they ask for ATI developers to teach them. Isn’t that nice. What if they say: “Well write me a basic 4000 driver first” and Linus adds “And a small monolithic kernel that supports a USB3 stack and a few peripheries, from scatch! Just so we know you are worthy.”

      • Fallenleader says:

        As I was discussing with someone on Twitter, while failoverflow may know their hacking, their politics are seriously fuged up.
        For example:
        They are anti piracy yet they demonstrate the PoC with a GBA emulator.
        They boldly mentioned that there was no viable reason for a native exploit. Umm a custom theme I make myself is viale enough. There was more I mentioned, but this alone should prove my point.
        Genuine backups is another reasoning. People associate the ability to backup games to external media as piracy. This is a false misconception, as properly executed would allow larger storage options currently unavailable.
        finally, their statements were quite false.
        IDK where they got the idea that they drove the wii scene, but that isn’t my point.
        PS3 homebrew has actually been quite impressive.
        Failoverflow acts like piracy is a death sentence. While I dislike piracy, the PSP is an example of how piracy to challenge the system can make a console successful whereas the Vita is an example how lack of piracy to challenge the system can produce a device that is crippled over time.

    • 1 says:

      The main point is to enable homebrew and run any code that you want. You can do that with Linux.

  2. Franky says:

    Let piracy happen or don’t I don’t really care either way. I only want full access to the PS4 out of principle since I payed for the device.

    The PS4 does seem like an interesting device for people to use to program so many things for. It’s basically an entry level gaming PC.

  3. bakkoi says:

    My only issue is, it’s a console. I’d much rather the developers put their work towards a platform that will have some sort of longevity rather than the system’s dicated lifespan, as after that most will stop to care. Not to mention the always prevalent attempts at piracy on a broken open console since for every person that wants homebrew, there’s a hundredfold more that seem to only want piracy.

    As cool as it is to tinker with things, it’s not exactly expensive to simply get a more powerful pc than a ps4, as I’m sure many people already do own. Handhelds on the other hand are quite the other story since there isn’t a direct, superior equivalent to them. As powerful as phones can be, without physical buttons they’re always quite limiting.

    • Meh says:

      Actually a point well made, as much as it pains me to admit it. I take it as a new years resolution to do more productive stuff 😉 In retrospect, I shouldn’t have bought one …

      • Franky says:

        What’s your thoughts on piracy enabling exploits anyway? I’m pretty sure companies only use piracy as a scapegoat for why sales do poorly and there’s no definite proof that piracy effects a console.

        I know saying I’d pay for my stuff doesn’t mean anyone will believe me or no one trusts others to do so as well, but what I said above is how I honestly feel. Is the frustration over knowing that maybe one thousand people or maybe even ten thousand people really enough to stop progress on back up loaders when there are people out there who will use it responsibly? Blind fanboys and uninformed consumers are still the main consumer base in the gaming community, otherwise smart people would have boycotted Konami for throwing Kojima out like trash and the game wouldn’t have sold as well as it did.

        Also, do we really need another Gateway to happen?

        Bottom line as far as I’m concerned, a good amount of gaming communities and the companies involved right now suck.

        • Meh says:

          My views on copying intellectual property are very relaxed. In the 90′ probably a larger percentage of people did it on their PS then it is done today on the PS3 (or 3DS). Everybody, even those ‘clean’ claimers do it naturally all the time. The system is broken and tainted and needs to change. As you hinted, supporting those who do create good work sounds like a solid approach.

          I personally prefer if we all get less addicted (consumers) to games and other media, and instead do something more productive (for our-self or our community) while developing an equal appreciation and fun for it (which we typically have been trained not to feel and think this way), but dreaming is important too. And that’s what media does.

          The whole copyright-lose-money point was made in the 90′ about video stores who rent out games and resale – luckily most states didn’t buy into it, and did the industry crumble? Meh. To this day, you will meet people who are gonna tell you that second hand is wrong. This is how much influence the industry has to mold thoughts of consumers eventually as they grow up ( I would refrain from buying into the whole concept of moral when it comes to corporations. It’s primarily lobbying to get more and more without work. It’s an uncontrolled, unguided and heavily lobbied system which has way to much leverage (and basically allows you to print money). Further views may appear later below under “2”s comment. In short, IMO even if we remove it, we wouldn’t lose anything and probably even gain.

          But, as said, I really don’t care much about enabling (or using) it on the PS4. I actually rather use and develop the Linux (or an opened Orbis), because I can use it as a new (portable) middle class box. In retrospect, as said, I should have invested differently. But the hardware is cheap and I thought it wouldn’t differ much from a PC and I get some dev-fun and knowledge out of it. Oh well.

          I would agree with you. Games (from major corporations) have become bland or even bad, primarily because they lost the focus on delivering diversity and a solid game play first which captures people. Everything has to be a shiny AAA hit or is some cheap gimmick (mobile-like) game or a soulless rehash with a new skin. Nintendo (which I loved as a kid) first and foremost. It leads to a narrow definition of which ideas are developed and how. Overblown investments (or way to small budgets) instead of dense and well cared for projects with a good middle class financing create a bad atmosphere were everybody tries to pump out and leech off their iconic brands. They all got old and stale as companies and invest too much into AAA titles (or not enough to produce ***) which makes it too hard to break even. Just invest a bit less, make a multitude of games with solid core teams who actually take pride and care in it. And sell it at an affordable price. RARE was a big hit in the 90′ because they were different and focused on making quality fun games. So were silicon knights in the 00′ (who tried themselves on an overblown AAA title and failed). But it’s also a gamer problem. If they buy junk for 99 cents or 4 bugs, and that yields more then doing actual work, then I am gonna feed them junk. Similarly, if everybody needs facial expressions and high-end models, of course, games are gonna cost more. Lastly, they also get way greedier with each passing year because their shareholders demand it (similar to movies).

  4. wat says:

    so, if they release this thing, piracy will be disabled?

  5. MadJ says:

    There’s no denying these guys are talented, but they are incredibly delusional. Anyone can install dozens of flavors of Linux on near any damn machine in 10 minutes or less, there is absolutely no reason to pursue this in hopes of “steering the community”. When will these fools get it? NO ONE CARES ABOUT PORTING LINUX TO CONSOLES, NOT EVER. That said, I still congratulate them on their work, it is very impressive.

  6. look says:

    From one closed system to another closed system? They are talented, but they make some pretty bad decisions. They know that 90% people are just following them because piracy. So, if they make linux closed system, what is the point then going to it from playstation closed system? I don’t understand them.

  7. T-Bo-_- says:

    I would actually like having SteamOS on my PS4, given that it runs good and I could switch between the Official PS4 OS and SteamOS and play games on both. That would be cool.

    • Kawa says:

      Yes that would be cool, but unfortunately it won’t happen.

      As soon as an exploit is released, Sony will patch it. You then can’t stay on the latest firmware, which means you can’t go online, purchase games from the PS store, and miss out on new features. You might even get your console banned from those activities in the future. Maybe you’ll get a week or two of peace, but essentially the Official PS4 OS side of the console gets severely diminished.

      That will happen regardless of whether piracy is happening or not. There will be no ‘increased competition’ in gaming stores like the hackers would like: your hacked PS4 won’t be able to buy stuff from Sony’s store. Sony could even block disk-based games playing from consoles which don’t pass a check for modifications. Sony don’t WANT increased competition on their own console. The battle between the console makers and the hackers will continue; you’ll never be able to run a hacked console in peace.

  8. np3228 says:

    I say what that.. In the butt.

  9. Cade says:

    Piracy is inevitable. Not releasing an exploit due to piracy is idiotic. The second any exploit is released piracy is going to be the number one goal for many groups to achieve. People need to get over piracy, as it’s not going any where any time soon.

    • True says:

      It’s also a symptom which needs to be discussed at a better level then wrong and right. Apparently people don’t believe in the (current) copyright approach – then it needs to change. The moral high-ground of anti-copyright-violation advocates sometimes baffles me. Who are they trying to protect. Those poor sad honest little companies?

      • 2 says:

        Yes, they are trying to protect people’s right to have the rights to choose what to do with their own creation. If you make for example a song, i think maybe you would like to have the freedom to choose what you want to do with it.

        • SomePhilosophy says:

          The imprisonment and ownership of thoughts and mental constructs is a very new one. And not a good one. It will take more from us humans then it will provide us with. All thoughts should be free in any form so that we may learn and grow as beings and freely enrich each other.

          When I make a song. The song is not mine to be controlled. It has been given form and exists without me. There is no benefit (or natural restriction) to try to enslave and indoctrinate it. Everybody can and should copy alter and reuse it as it suits them.

          The alternative leads to corn bought from a company for each harvest because they (GM) can dictate the rules of usage for “their” seeds (don’t replant). And they can dictate which poison to use in connection with “their” seeds. The alternative is knowledge as a closed-off system, where you are forbidden to copy documents (books) for education.

          Copyright is a system which is severely tainted towards those in control to get richer – without paying off society for those continued (way to long) restrictions. There is no leverage from society. Copyright gives them a blank check. It’s not about return of investment. It’s about the rich making more, longer. See Disney’s 120 year lobbying (and the continues increase of the time period as a whole due to lobbyism). It’s a system that facilitates income to corporations long after they stopped working on it for no apparent reason or good to mankind.

          Nintendo wants us to pay for Super Mario World for 70+50 years – why is that acceptable or good? Teach me the high moral of it. Teach me the benefit of it. Should not any law inherently serve the majority over a minority of the people? And people over corporations and constructs?

          You think capitalism would crumble? Greed will find other ways to create a value chain. Don’t worry. You think nobody would create anymore? I postulate the exact opposite. We have an inert need to create. I would. The more knowledge there is free to us, the more we will. Esp. in entertainment. Why shouldn’t they be forced to pay if they want to restrict the free usage of the creation with each passing year? It’s not theirs, its thought. I can copy it without stealing anything.

          Get rid of your indoctrinated views and just believe in the rules that seem logical (and good!!) to embrace. And see the stinky manipulations.

          • DayVeeBoi says:

            You should take this post and make an article to submit to the blog. Its succinct and more people need to have the other side of things pointed out to them explicitly. I dont have a strong interest in Piracy, although I am not above it. I dont see why corporations losing money is a bad thing, there should be a penalty for being an ***. As far as smaller or independent dev’s, I think that people will always see value in the things they enjoy and people like to support those things. I like the way the people at my local corner store know my name so I pay a few bucks to buy *** there, even though walmart is just as close. I think that if big money wasnt a factor in the music industry, the only people left doing it would be the ones with a passion for it, and the music itself would be the motivator to create and the music industry would leave Ke$ha where she probably should be (meth-ed out stripper?) and if I woke up in a world without Ke$ha singing I have no question the world would be a better place.

  10. Zhao Xiao Ming says:

    I’m sure there’s 1 out of every 10000 PS4 owners, who doesn’t use his computer or 7 other console/handheld to run emulators, can’t wait to try pokemon ps1 on his PS4 that runs yet another distro of Linux.

  11. deadpool says:

    Vast majority of people dont give two *** about an linux port, these guys are idiots in terms of how they are approaching this.


  12. Frog Legs says:

    This is stupid. The only interest anyone has in the PS4 hardware is to run PS4 games. There are better solutions if all you want is a box to run Linux. Piracy is a fact. Stop pretending you are on some moral high ground here. You aren’t — and I’m quite certain Sony agrees with me on this point.

  13. ViRGE says:

    I admire their optimism. The Fail0verflow crew are hackers in the truest sense, trying to open up PS4 development to anyone who wishes to participate, for no reason other than openness and exploration.

    That said, I hope they’re prepared for a repeat of the Wii homebrew scene. While what they want is admirable, what the users want is free commercial games, be it pirated PS4 games or emulators. Not that the users do any of the development, but there is always someone willing to do it (especially if money is involved).

  14. RedEyedChester says:

    I like what they’re doing to be honest! Having SteamOS would be fantastic as I don’t have a gaming PC anymore but still have a massive amount of Steam games 🙂 a lot of you are commenting purely on the basis of complaining about their work and not releasing anything, however that is *** and I can’t understand your own logic… They have a right to do whatever they’d like with their findings, and if they don’t release an exploit then who cares? Working on a closed system to install Linux is just as good! Better to run a system that already has support rather than write completely new code from the ground up like on the PS3… Just my two cents here I suppose ;p

  15. Jerry says:

    SteamOS on ps4?, can’t wait too see that!

  16. Fetido says:

    I gotta be honest, what is the point to have linux running on a system like PS4 ? It’s close to a low budget pc, besides coders will probably have problems with the unified ram… the truth is that all people want is piracy… I also want it, 99% of people pretty much don’t give a s**t about homebews… so I’m sorry for Fail0verflow devs, but their work is pretty much useless…

  17. lmao says:

    oh ppl butthurt cus their wish ain’t granted. lu lz

  18. alisson says:

    os caras querem ter seu espaço na psn é junto mais os usuarios tao interessado oficialmente na pirataria quem nao pença em jogar um emulador de ps1 ps2 ps3 nintendo e outros no ps4

  19. alisson says:

    os caras querem ter seu espaço na psn é junto mais os usuarios tao interessado oficialmente na pirataria quem nao pença em jogar um emulador de ps1 ps2 ps3 nintendo e outros no

  20. Gz says:

    Both ps4 or steam game need to be pay so why not chose the stable one ? Honestly most people like to play a stable ps4 game not a unstable linxu steam game so why you guys wasting time on a unstable useless system instead of ps4 cfw? That’s no doubt that a cheap pc with windows running steam is better than ps4 with unstable linxu steam

  21. Captain Jack says:

    Hmmmm Piracy. Isn’t that a pirate copy of Pokemon they are running. Think someone needs to get off there high horse. They are infact PIRATES. Shame on you. Lol

    • Zeke says:

      Good point. “We’re going to demonstrate our Linux PS4 hack with emulator piracy while at the same time not releasing this exploit because it might cause piracy.” Hypocrisy? Lol.

  22. Black Beard says:

    Hmmmm Piracy. Isn’t that a pirate copy of Pokemon they are running. Think someone needs to get off there high horse. They are infact PIRATES. Shame Shame Shame. Lol

  23. anonanon says:

    Since when has the community here been so disgusting?

    • lollo says:

      It’s always been like this, but previously peeps used to pretend they wanted homebrews, now they heard piracy is not coming on PS4 and they are all so *** 😀

    • Anonymous says:

      Since it went mainstream.
      Anyway, what would you expect of Sony fanboys?

  24. Whag the Hack ?? says:

    Forget about this rubbish. Best chance of CFW is with Flatz and Cturts work. Seems like they are close and Failoverflow are just trying to get some attention for nothing. If they dont release it then how the heck do we know it even exists. As far as I know the PS4 already has an operating system so why bother with linix. PS4 is a gaming console. What a useless hack. Maybe they should hack a C64 and run linix on that. Maybe the will get more Credit for that. Lol

    • Fimo says:

      I agree. Cturt was really closed to achieve the same PoC last week !
      F0F would have impressed me if they did found a new exploit on the last FW (replacing the webkit 1.76 exploit). They didn’t, they just said that’s easy, they are “super hackers”, that’s an easy job, just good for the “small developers”. *** !
      In my eyes, Flatz and Cturt are much nice people, they don’t have that F0F super ego !

      And if F0F were Sony’s employees ? Just announcement & videos to set a mess in the PS4 scene ?

  25. FreeBSD says:

    Seems someone has FreeBSD running on PS4 but some bugs to fix

  26. layla says:

    fail0verflow’s efforts are not enough if they don’t teach the values of free software as a reason for allowing GNU/Linux to run on the PS4. It’s likely that they will not reverse engineer the non-free microcode/firmware for all the hardware if they really are intertwined with the misleading term “piracy”.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Another group of people who are mentally ***. Not denying their skill…but they are quite mentally *** imho

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