Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC

If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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by moondevil on Tue 6th May 2014 21:10 UTC
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As a consultant I travel quite a bit around Europe and am yet to see anyone using one.

Since a few months there are available on Saturn and Mediamarket in Germany, but I haven't seen anyone even playing around with them at the stores.

As devices they are more castrated than tablets as they lack proper support for real native apps that people want to use. And HTML 5 offline support is a joke anyway, when comparing with what tablets or GNU/Linux netbooks (lots of online shops offer them) can offer.

As for the people getting them to wipe ChromeOS and install a GNU/Linux distribution, it is no different than buying a Windows/Mac OS X system.

So I don't get how they are selling so much in the USA, as the press keeps stating.

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