Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Jan 2013 22:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker that's suffered two consecutive annual losses, posted strong sales of notebooks using Google's Chrome platform after the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 failed to ignite the market. Chrome-based models accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer's U.S. shipments since being released there in November, President Jim Wong said in an interview at the Taipei-based company's headquarters. That ratio is expected to be sustainable in the long term and the company is considering offering Chrome models in other developed markets, he said." HP is also planning a Chrome OS laptop, and it's been at the top of Amazon's charts (whatever that means) for a while now. In case you haven't noticed - the desktop world, too, is changing. Nobody wants Windows 8 (touch or no), so OEMs are finally looking elsewhere. We're finally getting what we wanted 13 years ago.
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Wait, ChromeOS? Isn't that some horrible piece of crap that refuses to even give you a local shell and has a whole bunch of proprietary crap in the GUI? How is this better than Windows again?

Regarding ChromeOS, I was one of those who cried out in disgust regarding this locked-down system, but now I can see its redeeming features. And apparently it's based on Gentoo Linux. :-)

ChromeOS is a locked-down, secure system that offers a good chunk of features for a good chunk of people. I'm talking about people who mostly use the web for their computing needs, which is quite a large target. And if you consider that there are offline versions of Gmail and Google Docs, things start to get interesting.

Now, for the *very* interesting part. ChromeOS might be locked down, but the devices are hacker-friendly. You can simply grab a Chromebook and install another OS of your liking. A very cheap, good, open, light, silent ARM or x86 laptop running Gentoo? I simply haven't got the nerve to buy one yet, but I'm sure I will in the near future.

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