The company itself seems to be of two minds on the subject of the modification.
In the News.com story, someone from Netpliance is quoted as saying:
"We are not about taking legal action (or) resisting the open-source community," Fareed said.
But as of today, Netpliance's web site states:
i-opener Internet appliances shipped after March 20, 2000 can no longer be reconfigured in the manner described in recent reports. Modification of the i-opener in any way is in violation of our terms and conditions.
That sure looks like "resistance" to me, and the assertion that it is in violation of the terms and conditions is an implicit threat of legal action, so the site seems to make Mr. Fareed out to be duplicitous.
On the one hand, one can hardly blame them if they are, as the article asserts, losing as much as $200-$300 on every hardware sale. But if the existence of this hack spurred demand for the product, they may find they've snuffed the goose that laid the golden egg.
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