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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Yay, they're using GNU/Linux!

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?

Because it actually works with very little configuration, unlike desktop Linux? Besides, the market these devices are targeted at don't give a damn about GPL vs proprietary. Actually, neither do I. Plus, the more of these devices that are sold, the less we'll see the web dependent on one operating system. No matter how you slice it, that is an excellent consequence. Besides, you can hack the hell out of one of these babies if that's what you want to do, and it'll help get rid of what so many open source fanatics call the "Microsoft tax." Sure seems like a promising situation to me, even though ChromeOS is far too limited for my needs.

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