Linux game console in works

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Linux game console in works

While Sony and other game box makers fight to keep control of their platforms, a company called Indrema is planning to release a console based on open source Linux. Their console will reportedly have the ability to access the Internet through built-in 10/100 megabit Ethernet interface or dialup connection, and games will be loadable from its DVD drive or from the Web.

Though the console will do more than play games, along the lines of Sony’s PS2, a company exec says the concept came about while he and his partners were “playing Quake late at night.” The central idea was to create, “an open source game platform so that a guy like John Carmack, or the next great developer of a new gaming paradigm, could get it to market a lot quicker.”

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