Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Dec 2013 00:55 UTC
Microsoft

"It's pretty much a brick," says Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn't want you buying this thing.

But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google's oft-ridiculed web-only laptops, to Microsoft's core business?

I'm puzzled too. It doesn't seem like Chromebooks are that big of a threat - why create terrible advertisements that only provide Google with free publicity?

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RE: Chrome OS vs Windows RT?
by tidux on Sun 8th Dec 2013 03:01 UTC in reply to "Chrome OS vs Windows RT?"
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Chromebooks also annihilate Windows RT on the freedom front. Yes, they're locked down by default, but they run Coreboot on x86 or uBoot on ARM (open source firmwares!), and the x86 ones are easily flashable to wide-open versions of Coreboot that chainload SeaBIOS to boot whatever OS you want, whether that's ChromeOS, a more traditional *nix desktop, or even Haiku. ARM is a little trickier but that's mostly due to the bad SoC choices (Exynos) in the Samsung and HP ARM variants. A single device that lets me put it in retard mode to give to an inept relative or employee, or hacker mode for my use? Yes please!

Contrast this to Windows RT badged devices which are required to have permanently locked bootloaders.

Edited 2013-12-08 03:04 UTC

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