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LinuxGames.com: Indrema Press Conference Summary

Nov 09, 2000, 00:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Koskelin)

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"Following the Indrema webcast on Monday, Nov 6, John Gildred, Indrema founder and CEO, was kind enough to hold a press conference for select journalists. Mr. Gildred expanded on the topics covered in the webcast, officially (re)announced three points concerning Indrema development, and answered questions from the participating journalists. CollabNet co-founder and CTO Brian Behlendorf also spoke briefly...."

"My first question was simply "how many people are working for Indrema" since, up to this point, we really had no specific numbers. John stated that Indrema was currently utilizing 20 employees and a few outside contractors, with 10 of those people working on the hardware itself. Many of the contracted workers are those working on the new OpenStream and Extrema technologies."

"My second question was pretty open and was in regards to how Indrema planned to keep people interested and excited for the release of the first IES since no developers or game titles have been announced yet -- how he plans to address those who are concerned that the IES will never make it to market. His response was a little vague but seemed to revolve around the three new announcements that Indrema had just made. He was quite confident that Indrema's strength lies in the fact that the technologies being used to develop the IES should appeal to a certain group of "core gamers" that will be interested in the system bases solely on the fact that the system is based on free and/or open-source technologies."

"The last question that I got in was how hardware distribution was going to be handled considering the target audience of the IES (those whom he refers to as "core gamers") and considering the receptiveness of retail stores. He was quick to assure us that the systems would be available for order over the Internet and would be on retail shelves right next to other console systems. He stated that Indrema has had very positive feedback so far from retail stores in regards to stocking this next-generation Indrema console."

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