LinuxDevices.com: Hacking Ellison's NIC for fun and profitJun 08, 2001, 21:23 (12 Talkback[s])
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The New Internet Computer (NIC) is a 'net appliance that bears a slight resemblance to the late, lamented iOpener, the difference being that the company selling it (NICC) doesn't particularly care if you hack it to your heart's content. This article demonstrates some of the possibilities.
"To rectify the maddening lack of an available xterm in the NIC software, I modified /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to run /usr/X11R6/bin/rxvt on startup. This provides a shell, but for a user named "web". I then removed the hashed root password in /etc/passwd so I could "su" to root from the xterm. These steps provide the bare minimum functionality needed to poke around the inside NIC while it is running. Because of the ample free space on the system disk, plenty of code and data can be added as needed.
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