ZDNet: I-Opener — no longer a $99 Linux PC

“Netpliance moves to make it impossible to add a hard drive
to its Internet appliance — to some customers’ dismay.”

“Buyers of the I-Opener Internet appliance, hoping to get what
amounts to a full-fledged personal computer for just $99 and some
hardware tweaking, will soon learn otherwise.”

“Netpliance Inc. has delayed shipping some orders placed before
March 20 to alert buyers that the product has been changed so that
it can no longer run Linux or other operating systems.”

“Las Vegas engineer Ken Segler publicized a way to add a hard
drive to his I-opener, essentially turning it into a $99 PC. The
hard drive allowed him to install Linux…”