You might not see the benefit, you might not think temporary interferance with what you want to do is right, but in the end things will become what it should because people are willing to stand and fight the only ways they know how to. Some take the "legal" means, others take the extreme route. Both can be effective.
It is very obvious that the general consumer like you will be pissed. Its natural, but you would also be pissed if the government or your ISP limited your access to the internet tomorrow. Or if the price of gas doubles because a foreign government refuses to ship oil to the states. Some would just be pissed but deal with it like the nice good little sheeple they are, others will try stand up to the change and fight it. Each market has is segmented into sheeple, extreme, and political mindsets. Sheeple takes up the majority, but the others are the ones willing to fight unjust change and the sheeple tells the ones fighting to shut up and mind their business when realistically they are ignoring what is happening and are to scared or ignorant to do anything.
So please, continue to bitch, complain, and yell that a small group is willing to fight for their rights. We will fight for our freedom of property rights similar to how the African American's fought for their civil rights. By voicing our opinions, battling the ones that hate us, and winning the battle for what is right for everyone no matter what anyone thinks.
You disgust me, your making out as if your cause is just or your reactions are justified, they are not. How can you even compare your fight for your supposed 'rights' to the fight the African Americans had to go through. There are better things to fight for in this world and making sure you can run Linux is not one of them.
You are not a freedom fighter, your a fighter of your specific wants, consumers are fine with what they have, no one gives a shit if they can't run Linux on their PS3, if they can't hack and add a SNES emulator to their PS3 or if they can make MKV files work.
Hackers caused Linux to be taken out, hackers have caused PSN to go down, hackers have made piracy possible on the console, hackers are pushing Sony into releasing a completely closed system next generation, hackers are pushing more loop holes on to the consumers, just so they can feed their selfish needs. Your not fixing anything, everything Sony has done has been a reaction, they didn't initiate any of these problems and now the consumers are the ones suffering.
Once again, you do not fight for my rights or the majorities, you don't know better than us, your just fighting for yourselves and if anyone gets harmed in the encounter, then they are just necessary casualities to achieve your selfish goal.
Bet with Conegamer and AussieGecko that the PS3 will have more exclusives in 2011 than the Wii or 360... or something.