"A start-up called Indrema plans to introduce a Linux-based
video game console in 2001--but analysts are skeptical whether the
company's open-source philosophy will be enough to carry it past
established giants such as Sony and Sega."
"Indrema, a company of fewer than 50 employees with offices in
New York and San Francisco, plans to release a $299
high-performance video game console in the spring of 2001, chief
executive and founder John Gildred said. The machine runs a version
of Linux tweaked by Indrema with some added software such as DVD
decoding abilities that won't be publicly available."
"Linux, a clone of Unix that began as a programming hobby, has
carved a major niche for itself in the mainstream computing world,
with a fast growth in the server market and blossoming interest for
gadgets. But going up against Sony, Sega, Microsoft and Nintendo in
the video game market will be difficult, said Yankee Group analyst
"This is a classic David vs. Goliath, only there are four
Goliaths," Goodman said."
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