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 thegman on Wed 7th May 2014 00:47 UTC
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I live in Melbourne, Australia, and can go into many shops in and outside the city and see Chromebooks. They're well priced and quite attractive things. I also used to own one of the first Samsung ones.

The OS is nice, probably richer than I expected, I think utility is comparable to a tablet of some kind. Obviously a tablet can run apps, but I don't know of any apps that I use and like which cannot be replicated by a web site.

I liked my Chromebook, but I wouldn't buy again. Why?

Well, I'd rather have a Mac or a PC. The big reasons are...

Sound server access, i.e. good SSH, SFTP, FTP, 5250.
Run a server if I want to (just a quick HTTPd to test something).

However, I think if I was to recommend a simple computer for those who struggle technically, I think I'd be more likely to recommend a Chromebook over an Android tablet, just for the keyboard and the simplicity. Over an iPad is a bit different, and would depend on the user.

So, yes, I see them everywhere, I kind of like them, but not enough to get one again.

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