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CNET News.com: Game start-up faces major rivals with Linux console

Jul 13, 2000, 21:10 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"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 Mike Goodman."

"This is a classic David vs. Goliath, only there are four Goliaths," Goodman said."

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