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AllLinuxDevices: Indrema: What went wrong? Can open source and consoles coexist?

Apr 12, 2001, 18:47 (9 Talkback[s])
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"The Indrema L600 was an ambitious project. The brainchild of John Gildred, the console would have marked the first-ever Linux console. What's more, the Indrema was to usher in a new era of convergence. The L600 was designed to be a game machine, DVD player, Internet appliance and digital video recorder. A veritable Swiss army knife in the world of consumer electronics."

"To the open source movement, the L600 was a boon. The console would propagate the lightweight, yet robust operating system onto devices that would showcase its flexibility. Alas that was never meant to be, at least not with the Indrema."

"...Even if the hardware was up and running flawlessly along with the power to match the Playstation 2 or the Xbox, it's the open source software development environment that spelled doom for the company. Investors were hesitant to add to Indrema's coffers because of a radical departure to software development."

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