Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2015 21:13 UTC

Alphabet Inc.'s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile-operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing.

Google engineers have been working for roughly two years to combine the operating systems and have made progress recently, two of the people said. The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year, one of the people said.

The writing's been on the wall for a while now, and to be honest, this makes perfect sense. Android is the more popular and more capable of the two, and already runs Chrome as it is.

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This sucks...
by dhickman on Mon 2nd Nov 2015 03:55 UTC
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My old laptop went away when I switched jobs. I decided that I am not going to run MacOS anymore.

So I decided to run some form of linux. The only laptop out there that is reasonable in cost and is comparable to a Macbook is the Pixel 1 and 2. So I dropped my $$ on the pixel ls and love it.

My original intention was to delete the chromeos and run mint or ubuntu on it. I ended up liking chromeos and using crouton to run linux. The system works well.

Android sucks. Yes it has pretty apps, but I want my laptop to be a laptop. I was under the impression that Chromos was going to add the ability to eventually run all android apps. That is a cool idea.

Here is another thing, in my experience android drops old hardware fairly fast. This forces one to either go buy something else, or installs one of the roms. While there are some decent ones, I really doubt that there will be one dedicated for laptop users.

Well I guess in the worse case, I will keep with what I got until it gets dropped. If the hardware is still in good shape, it will make a good linux machine until it dies.

What sucks is that the Pixel is the best linux machine out there. Every other laptop I looked at had some kind of compromise when running linux. The only compromise I have with the pixel is the 64 gig ssd. that is easily overcome with a 128gig sd card.

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