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More i-Opener News

By nascent in News
Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 11:17:24 AM EST
Tags: Hardware (all tags)
Hardware

Most of you already know about the i-Opener hack, which allows you to run linux (or a legacy OS like Windows) on the $99 Netpliance i-Opener. Well, now The Register is reporting that Circuit City is cancelling multiple orders for the machine. Let it never be said that Circuit City voluntarily sold a product people actually want. :-)


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More i-Opener News | 14 comments (14 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
I dunno just doesn't realy interest... (none / 0) (#3)
by kraant on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 06:54:11 AM EST

kraant voted -1 on this story.

I dunno just doesn't realy interest me.. it's a bit too US based for me.
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"kraant, open source guru" -- tumeric
Never In Our Names...

Hmmm. Surely the tin-opener company... (none / 0) (#1)
by hattig on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 08:36:19 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

Hmmm. Surely the tin-opener company would have had "Signing up for the internet service for x months" as part of their package, and people couldn't renege on that?

If they didn't then oh deary me, whoopsy daisy, bye bye tin-opener. Shame, fancy replacing QNX with Linux :-)

Re: Hmmm. Surely the tin-opener company... (none / 0) (#14)
by Anonymous Hero on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 12:59:50 AM EST

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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I believe the link came from the Re... (none / 0) (#2)
by Emacs on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 09:22:03 AM EST

Emacs voted 1 on this story.

I believe the link came from the Register. Seems rather strange to me when you consider that the Netpliance people are gearing up for their IPO.

Thanks (none / 0) (#6)
by rusty on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 11:34:50 AM EST

Thanks for the link. I updated the story-- was very nervousd about posting the text like that, but nascent didn't provide a URL.

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Not the real rusty
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Now I wonder if we'll ever see anyt... (none / 0) (#4)
by hardcode on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 09:37:05 AM EST

hardcode voted 1 on this story.

Now I wonder if we'll ever see anything like this in the UK? Blummin' yank get all the nice cheap gear ;)

Specs (none / 0) (#5)
by hattig on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 11:26:41 AM EST

Well, the built-in 10" LCD screen is nice isn't it? I don't know what resolution it does, but 800x600 sounds right, and I doubt it is TFT - to keep the cost down. From the webpage it looks as if they wanted to expand the system at a later date - hence the IDE slot, but in truth this computer is little better than an 8 year old Amiga with a faster processor! (and no floppy drive at all)

Of course, it lacks all of the good things about the Amiga, but lets not go there - this has been talked about to death on Slashdot today already.

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Re: More i-Opener News (none / 0) (#7)
by henrik on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 01:02:19 PM EST

So - anyone know where i can get one, living outside the US?

(anyone feeling like buying one, and sending it to me? :)

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Re: More i-Opener News (none / 0) (#8)
by The-Dev on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 04:56:29 PM EST

You might try Ebay

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Re: More i-Opener News (1.00 / 1) (#9)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 01:06:33 AM EST

Can someone explain to me why it's only available in Circuit City? Being in the silicon valley area, I had absolutely no chance of getting one and probably won't for a while. -- fake eyeP.net (ya ya i'll make an account ..)

Re: More i-Opener News (none / 0) (#12)
by rusty on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 09:57:49 AM EST

You can order them direct from netpliance. Call 1-800-iopener or order one online. CC was just their big "retail partner" AFAIK.

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What's the big deal? (none / 0) (#10)
by locutus074 on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 01:35:49 AM EST

It's a neat hack to turn it into a "real" computer, but what good is it anyway? You spend a hundred bucks for the unit, then another hundred bucks (at least) for a 2.5 inch hard drive... Why not just spend another extra couple hundred and get something like an emachines for an extra terminal around the house?
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you aren't there yet." --George Carlin
Re: What's the big deal? (none / 0) (#11)
by rusty on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 09:56:09 AM EST

It'll cost about the same as an emachines or similar cheap PC when you're done, but the big pluses of the i-Opener are it's size and footprint. The case is tiny, and the screen's flat. I could use one for my girlfriend, who already runs a simple X-terminal into my machine, but it's an old P75 that takes up half of her desk. The size and shape of the i-Opener are much more attractive for that use.

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Re: What's the big deal? (none / 0) (#13)
by kimo_sabe on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 10:03:57 AM EST

> It's a neat hack to turn it into a "real" computer, but what good is it
>   anyway? You spend a hundred bucks for the unit, then another 
>hundred
>   bucks (at least) for a 2.5 inch hard drive... Why not just spend
>another
>   extra couple hundred and get something like an emachines for an
>extra
>   terminal around the house?

  Well, $99 for the box, I don't know about the drive.	But why add a
harddrive? It's got 16M of flash, that's more then enough space for a base boot
image.	Add a $40 USB NIC, a little time for hacking, and it's an Xterm. With
an LCD screen.
  - kimo_sabe

"Software is like sex: It's better when it's free." -- Linus Torvalds
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