Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Dec 2010 22:44 UTC
Google Google held a Chrome event today, and the rumours had suggested we might see the launch of Chrome OS today. This turned out to be nonsense, and in all honesty, the entire event didn't really deliver much in the form of new information. The Chrome Web Store has been opened, and the first Chrome OS netbooks will arrive in the middle of 2011.
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... and just like thin clients
by deathshadow on Tue 7th Dec 2010 23:59 UTC
deathshadow
Member since:
2005-07-12

I fully expect these to end up just like the current ARM netbook attempts -- stuffed in the back of a sock drawer somewhere alongside the Atari Portfolio, Newton, Pippen and those silly little AMD Geode powered boxes.

It's trying too hard at being a dumbed down tinkertoy OS -- and while that's fine for goofy handhelds and overpriced tablets, the moment you put a full size (or even 2/3rds size) keyboard on it people expect a real computer; and I'm not convinced ChromeOS would deliver that.

Much less that it's going to be restrictively locked down -- which also might fly with the handheld crowd (which all the jailbreaking out there would disagree with) likely won't be tolerated by people expecting a minified laptop.

God forbid you buy a device and then try to install whatever you want on it for software.

Edited 2010-12-08 00:00 UTC

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

This would be great for an in-school device. We have several classrooms with managed wireless access points, with the students using Asus eeePC 701s. For educational purposes, they worked nicely:
* creating documents in OpenOffice.org
* creating drawings in Kolourpaint
* accessing school Moodle sites for online courses
* accessing educational websites for research
* accessing educational websites for games
* etc

Unfortunately, the horrid, broken Xandros that came with the 701s is showing it's age (Firefox 2.x for example) and it's getting harder and harder to use them for anything.

Using the unofficial Hexeh build of ChromiumOS works fairly well on these things. Hopefully there's an upgrade path to ChromeOS or a newer version of ChromiumOS with the improved Chrome browser.

Anything that allows us to squeeze one more year of use out of these things is appreciated. ;)

Trying to run a full-fledged Linux install is possible, but not worth the headaches of maintaining. And running a full desktop env (even LXDE or Xfce) is not fun.

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ozonehole Member since:
2006-01-07

I have an eeePC 701, and the solution to the horrid Xandros was to install Puppy Linux. It gives these slow machines a second life.

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