Sorry, not comparable. I knew people that bought PS3s with OtherOS specifically FOR OtherOS and ya know what? They never bought a single game for the system, not one. they were buying them half a dozen at a time to make cheap clusters out of them. Considering that at the time Sony was losing something like $300 a sale? Those are the people you DO NOT WANT.
What sony found out with OtherOS is Joe Average buying a PS3 to play Uncharted couldn't give a rat's ass about using their PS3 as a fricking desktop, that is what their desktop and laptop is for, and the ones buying because of OtherOS never bought any games because nobody is playing games on a computer cluster. so in that case Sony was RIGHT to pull OtherOS, if they would have kept it frankly they would have gone bankrupt. I knew guys that worked at the local colleges talking about buying up PS3s by the dozens for clusters, we are talking about thousands of units that Sony would have lost $300 a pop on, never to see a dime of that back.