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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Will they support internal disk storage?
by MadRat on Tue 6th May 2014 22:10 UTC
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In all honesty the Chromebook looks slick and doesn't seem to lack too much. I just cannot fathom a laptop that won't allow me to store it local. I don't want the cloud. Nobody I know wants the cloud. The cloud is a solution nobody wants.

I can see Android replacing simpler forms of Microsoft OS versions. I just don't see it happening until it looks like Windows 98 or newer versions in some way. People need a desktop. They want a task manager. They want multiple programs that standalone from the internet. And they want a file folder system. People want simple but to retain control.

Basically everything developers do not want them to have.

Without internal storage that matches other laptops, in the 500GB plus range, I don't see me ever using a Chromebook. I don't really care if it uses ext3 or some other open file system. It doesn't have to use exFAT or NTFS. But I want my old Windows files able to seamlessly copy over to it for my usage.

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