The whole mess goes back six years, to when Sony disabled the "Install Other OS" feature with a PS3 software update, eventually claiming it did so due to piracy concerns. Sony also claimed the update was voluntary, even though opting out would break nearly every other major feature of the console.
According to the attorneys who brought the class action, up to 10 million console owners could have been affected. And under the terms of the deal they struck with Sony, they stand to make a cool $2.25 million of their own. As for those folks who had hopes of using their PS3s as a Linux box -- they are eligible for that $55 payout assuming they can show "some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality." If you knew about the Other OS function, but never quite got around to using it because you were too busy playing God of War III, you might still be eligible for a cool nine bucks.
As part of the deal, which still needs to be approved by a judge next month, Sony will need to alert users about the settlement via PlayStation's own email database, as well as ads on popular tech and gaming sites. In the meantime, if you're looking to run Linux on your PS4, you'll have to resort to some actual hacking.