"The future of Linux is on your TV," proclaimed the Indrema
website. Reading further, I was informed that the Indrema
entertainment system would be a "revolutionary product built on a
revolutionary operating system, Linux." An easy-to-use,
entertainment appliance: "Just turn it on, and sit back on your
"Not a PC, mind you. "This is no desktop Linux system,"
continued the website pitch, "this is Linux for TV, for game
addicts, for total entertainment. Out of the box, you can hook it
up and begin playing unbelievably realistic 3D games, browsing the
Net at high speed, or just enjoying personal TV or MP3
"Of course, there were the usual consumer product pitches, like
"We want everyone to be able to have one," and "Put one in your
living room, den, or your kids bedroom." But what really caught
my eye, was the claim that "the wonderful world of Linux just got a
little better. It's going to change your life, and perhaps your
neighbors. Try it today, and join the revolution."
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