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    Default Android-Based Ouya Already Pulls In $5 Million USD

    Phoronix: Android-Based Ouya Already Pulls In $5 Million USD

    The Android-based Ouya game console has already raised more than five million US dollars in its first ten days...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE0MzA

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    The article is pretty much exactly how I feel also - a GNU/Linux console would be so much better. Android is not the answer.

    There is a handheld GNU/Linux console - OpenPandora, but it's price is far from the 100$ the Ouya ppl are aiming for. OpenPandora is truly awesome btw.

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    as for the tegra3, they started working with nvidia in order to maximize the performance:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/OUY...ole,16310.html


    As for android vs a more "normal" linux, I wonder how would the numbers show? would they be at $5 million right now and had that same level of interest ?

    I mean am a linux fanatic, but from a business perspective, which open source option would "maximize your luck" (I mean if you check their copy they even made a sales pitch to Mark Cuban )?

    It seems they went with android because of the number of app developers, popularity and supporters the platform already has.

    and maybe they also secretly want google to back them up (or even buy them out)

    anyway many of these points and more criticism to the ouya was posted on gamasutra:

    http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/IanFi...te_at_work.php
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    I wouldn't mind if it ends up being a good gaming console in its own right, but the following are the reasons that I decided to sign up:

    1) Cheap front-end for MythTV (and possibly Netflix/Hulu/Pandora). It's based on Android, and there's already several MythTV Android front-ends available.
    2) Rooting the console won't void your warranty, and they make it easy to do
    3) Free demos for any games released in the Ouya store
    4) Emulation of NES/SNES/etc will either be possible, or I'll make it possible.
    5) USB Ports to hook up all sorts of external peripherals (including external storage/KB/Mouse).

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    I would like to see everything being open source software.
    I'd like to see the system firmware being open source.
    I would like unlocked bootloader.

    I would like to see open source hardware.
    Board schematics, diagrams, pin outs, bill of materials, CAD files, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    I would like to see everything being open source software.
    I'd like to see the system firmware being open source.
    I would like unlocked bootloader.

    I would like to see open source hardware.
    Board schematics, diagrams, pin outs, bill of materials, CAD files, etc.
    yeah, that would be awesome. but, it's difficult to see that happening with a commercial venture.

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    Well, I guess Android isn't appealing right away to most Linux hardcore enthusiast, but I see it as the best tool for market penetration for Linux. If you take in consideration that :
    • Android is known by consumers and doesn't have the Linux stigmata,
    • There's a huge quantity of application that would only some tweaking to be available,
    • There's a huge quantity of developer too
    • Having the possibility to develop for both mobile and console has a certain appeal


    I see this project as a possible success. Some will say that there's already a lot of linux developers and a lot of Linux application available (it's true), but keep in my that the target audience isn't only the usual Linux geek. This is has an incredible appeal to casual gamers that are used to mobile/web based game.

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    Linuxxx, stop harassing Michael, "Steam Big Picture" is already out of the bag at other sites. Eg in the game-dev interview here http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/...re.asp?c=43243


    Meanwhile, Ouya to me is a perfect solution for a dirt cheap 1080p mediacenter that, as added bonus, will get loads of free/fremium game and other content and further on top of that, a BT game controller that for sure will have drivers and support in anything linux shortly after launch. As long as it doesnt turn out to be vapour ware, there is just no downside for a true linux entusiaist at the $99 pricepoint. Even if the console ultimately fails to survive longterm, the hardware, due to the openness, will be highly useful in the FOSS world. And there still is the "what if they DONT fail...".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veerappan View Post
    4) Emulation of NES/SNES/etc will either be possible, or I'll make it possible.
    5) USB Ports to hook up all sorts of external peripherals (including external storage/KB/Mouse).
    I can see that it would also be a good device to run those good old titles that are freeware now, like OpenTyrian, Beneath a Steel Sky, etc. I actually see potential in this project unlike the Xperia Play which was sort of similar, but cost $500 USD more and was a phone.

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    I'm not sure if it's just part of their sales pitch, but if the Ouya will be as open and hackable as they claim, wouldn't someone be able to port/patch a linux distro to run on it? Ubutnu is apparently already available on some ARM processors, so I don't see something like this being very far off.

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