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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If they ran Linux, they'd be a good netbook
by rklrkl on Thu 8th May 2014 13:47 UTC
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I still mourn the loss of the netbook (basically a mini laptop with an actual keyboard and full size USB ports) and the Chromebook is really the only visible netbook left on the market. The alternatives are cheap, clunky and heavy 15.6" laptops or expensive Ultrabooks, neither of which hits the sweet spot for me.

As someone else said here, if dual booting Linux was a lot easier (e.g. grub-style boot menu, easy to install Linux in the first place), then Chromebooks would become a sweet Linux netbook without some of the restrictive annoyances of ChromeOS.

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