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What was it called?
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A few years ago, while there was still a dot-com bubble, there was a company selling an internet appliance with a flat screen, which after its release took about a day for someone to figure out how to get it to run Linux. The company was selling them at a loss and making things up in subscriptions, except that you didn't need a subscription if you were going to run Linux on it.

Anyone remember what they were called?

They weren't Netwinders, which is the word that is stuck in my head preventing me from thinking of the right one, and which are thin clients; this was a modem-based all-in-one home internet appliance that by design could only use the subscription service.


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You're even faster than me reporting what someone told me before I had a chance to see if the post posted correctly.

Also, hi! I don't think I realized you were here.

Figures! As soon as I post, someone on IRC remembers -- it was the i-opener, and it was less interesting than I remembered it being.

I sold mine to a-mused, unopened...and I believe it's STILL unopened, if you want one. :)

Ah, you were obviously thinking of...

the 3Com Audrey (buy one today)!


Re: Ah, you were obviously thinking of...

(Anonymous)
nope, 3com Audrey ran a variant of QNX (http://www.qnx.com), although the folks over at Audrey Hacking (http://www.audreyhacking.com/) have been putting together some custom images (including Linux I believe).

Neat little device. Especially if you've got Mister House (http://www.misterhouse.net) running somewhere.


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