FRANCISCO -- Nov. 6, 2000 -- Indrema Corporation, creator of the first
Linux-based video game console and home entertainment system, and CollabNet,
a leading provider of collaborative software development platforms and
services based on Open Source principles, have officially launched the
Indrema Developer Network (IDN), an online community and support network
for developers building games on the Indrema Entertainment System (IES)
platform. Jointly produced and managed by the two companies, the IDN
brings together the tools and community resources that are necessary
to drive the development of next-generation game titles for the IES
-- and gives developers a one-stop shop to service all of their needs.
As of today, developers can register on the site and then access a host
of different features. Most significantly, developers can download for
free the 0.3 version of the Indrema Entertainment Software Development
Kit (IESDK) that includes every API necessary to develop games on the
system (Mesa3D, OpenAL, XFree86, and the DV Linux kernel). Later this
year, additional tools and APIs will be available, including CodeWarrior
for Indrema (also announced today), as well as OpenStream and Xtrema.
"Working with CollabNet, we have built the most comprehensive support
network for developers with all the tools they need to build new, cool
and fast games for the Indrema system," said John Gildred,
founder and CEO of Indrema. "Indrema is changing the rules of console
game development, by removing the barriers to entry that prevent new
developers from building the next big game. With the IDN, game development
for the IES is faster, easier and less expensive than for any other
The site is built on SourceCast, CollabNet's global collaborative development
platform, which provides a complete solution comprised of Open Source
tools and proven practices. SourceCast is a cohesive Web-based environment
that offers simple, powerful and intuitive access to management tools
including: code versioning, source code browsing, automatic change notification,
mailing lists, discussion forums and issue-tracking Web administration.
"Indrema and CollabNet share a vision of how open development can
transform existing markets," said Brian Behlendorf, co-founder
and CTO of CollabNet. "Open Source development allows new platforms
like Indrema's to enter the market and have an immediate impact."
IDN has four zones: Under the hood, which provides the system hardware
specifications; GameXchange, where developers can create new projects
and either share the information or keep it proprietary, as well as
share ideas, questions and information; the free IESDKs, necessary to
develop for the system; and Certification, where developers apply for
standard or freeware certification (depending on their choice) for their
games to run on the Indrema platform. CollabNet and Indrema will jointly
promote the benefits of using Open Source components, such as those
leveraged in the IES, to drive rapid growth and quality assurance in
a universal standard for video game and other multimedia content development.
The IDN went live during an hour-long webcast presentation given by
John Gildred, Indrema's founder and CEO, and Brian Behelendorf, CollabNet's
co-founder and CTO. The two leaders gave a tour of the site and answered
questions via chat from developers.
Indrema designs, markets and sells consumer electronics and Open Source
system software for digital home entertainment. Founded on January 1,
2000, Indrema believes that all operating system software must evolve
in an Open Source environment, where application software may remain
proprietary. Indrema is currently developing a new distribution of the
Linux operating system specifically designed for TV and HDTV applications.
Indrema consumer electronics products will offer digital audio, video,
Internet and next-generation 3D gaming features for the Open Source
platform. For more information, please visit the company's Web site
CollabNet provides companies with tools and services for collaborative
software development by combining Open Source community expertise with
business excellence. CollabNet offers customers a complete development
platform with lifecycle management capabilities, and a suite of consulting
services to facilitate software development across a worldwide community.
CollabNet is currently working with customers ranging from Application
Service Providers (ASPs) to Internet firms, hardware and software providers
to companies from industries such as marketing and publishing. Brian
Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, founded CollabNet
in July 1999. For more information, see http://www.collab.net.