GamePro: Indrema: The Next Big Thing?
Nov 27, 2000, 18:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Sony, Sega, Nintendo, Microsoft?that short list alone is enough
to intimidate just about anyone in the games business, but not John
Gildred. Call him a genius or just plain crazy, Gildred, the
founder and CEO of Indrema, hopes to turn the videogame market on
its ear with a new system that he hopes will attract a new breed of
developers, and more importantly gamers, to the Indrema
Entertainment System. His secret? Linux."
"Linux is the open source operating system that runs on many
typical PCs, but is provided for free and has a rabid following
among the more technically savvy users. This free OS, and the host
of free applications available for it, even has operating systems
giant Microsoft looking over its shoulder."
"One of the linchpins of launching a new videogame system is
developer support. Gildred and the others at Indrema feel that the
cost of entry is way too high for developing games for platforms
like the N64, PlayStation, and Dreamcast, often costing tens of
thousands of dollars just to join the developer program. In
addition, complex software development kits that change every
generation and are tough to use make development costs even