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LinuxPower: Netpliance: An Inside Look

Apr 27, 2000, 18:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kalin Harvey)

"A month ago I published an article which examined Netpliance, its product the i-opener, and how they related to the Open Source community as potential collaborators. Since that article was published, I was invited to their headquarters to discuss various ideas and how the company could develop a stronger relationship with the community and enhance its business model. During this period there has also been a lot of public dialogue within the community about the company and the issues in the original article."

"This article is a report on the meeting, a re-examination of the issues involved, and an appraisal of Open Source as an operating business philosophy, both practical and ideological. It also has positive news about the company's attitude towards Open Source development...."

"Since Netpliance's product strength essentially boils down to a well-designed interface, structured content delivery, and customer service, the OS and hardware that it runs on are only secondary concerns. I was pleased with the company's understanding of how opening up the market and development of these infrastructural components was good business sense and would result in better technology for everyone, and a stronger position for their company."

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