Cast your mind back to 2010 and you may remember a huge kerfuffle when Sony announced it was disabling the “Other OS” option on launch PlayStation 3 consoles due to piracy fears. It was a huge deal at the time, or at least the internet made it seem like a huge deal, most people never used the option so never missed it.
A legal battle hes been fought since then and Sony have finally agreed to pay out for removing the option. The proposed settlement, which needs to be vetted and approved, will offer $55 to those who installed Linux on the console, and $9 to everyone else.
However, this is a legal case so there are many hoops to jump through before you can get your $55 cash. Firstly you must be in the US, and must have purchased the original “fat” model PS3 between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010. You must then “must attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality.”
Getting the $9 is somewhat easier, as you must “may attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010.”
That sounds a like a simple email to Sony would do the trick, rather than having to swear under other and locate a photo from 2010 of your PS3 running Linux.