"The existence of this box is what brought these four men
together this day. Narrow, and about the size of a narrow
three-ring binder, this box happily sat being the centerpiece of
the table and the conversation."
"The box had a name, of course: the MultiCom Ethernet II, a long
name that sort of describes what it does. It is, essentially, an
Ethernet router with the ability of interfacing with Ethernet to
LAN and WAN connections, among others. But the thing that makes
this hardware really unique is its onboard operating system: a
full-blown distribution of Linux."
"The distribution loaded on this router is the
manufacturer's own home-grown version: Lightning Linux. And
Lightning Linux is no stripped version of Linux as some other
embedded distributions are: it's the entire thing, running on a
full-fledged 2.4 kernel."