Capable Impressive System Crippled OS

That's my new acronym for cisco. Seriously, I did expect a learning curve for IOS when I was ordering a cisco 877W, but this is just disappointing.

No doubt IOS was once very amazing and had a very nice and clear concept and interface to the first few products it was made for. But right now it just looks like something that has been patched too many times to keep up with current technology and it seems like it has lost it's concept/religion/design/architecture a while ago. And to top it off the documentation has exactly the same problems.

It just makes me sad, as I know the thing is very capable and is an amazing piece of hardware. Hasn't anyone ported a linux or minix to it? That would be cool. Maybe I should have bought something that could run openWRT or so instead, oh well - too late.