Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th May 2011 21:49 UTC
Google "At its annual developer conference in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Google said that Chrome OS notebooks, now called 'Chromebooks', will be available in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain starting June 15, and that it will be offering a combined software and hardware subscription service for businesses, schools, and government customers. The pricing of Google's subscription plan is modest: For $28 per user per month, businesses will receive Chromebooks, Web-based administration controls, enterprise-level support, a warranty, and hardware replacement upon subscription renewal. Schools and governments have access to the subscription package for $20 per user per month." Look at the concept here.
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Comment by motang
by motang on Thu 12th May 2011 01:22 UTC
motang
Member since:
2008-03-27

So how about regular joe user, how can he get his hands on one of these chromebook?

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RE: Comment by motang
by tyrione on Thu 12th May 2011 03:00 in reply to "Comment by motang"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

So how about regular joe user, how can he get his hands on one of these chromebook?


They're betting on Universities to subsidize them and push their ad revenue for them.

You're not the market.

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RE: Comment by motang
by Praxis on Thu 12th May 2011 03:19 in reply to "Comment by motang"
Praxis Member since:
2009-09-17

By paying anywhere from $349 to $429 depending on the model. It uses one of the newer Atoms, so no big difference in hardware for the current crop of netbook for pretty much the same price. I can kinda see organizations that lock down their computers so much they are only useful for browsing seeing them as a good buy. But otherwise, why not just get a full OS for the same price.

I've heard win 7 can be a tad sluggish on netbooks, but installing a light linux distro would give you just as many features as a chromebook (since they have chrome too), plus more. No matter how you look at it, your paying the same for less features. Unless you see this as a feature in itself there is no incentive.

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RE[2]: Comment by motang
by orestes on Thu 12th May 2011 16:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by motang"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Depends entirely on the total package, services provided by google included. We haven't seen how they'll be marketed to the broader public yet, or if it'll even be a point of focus. Honestly I could see the subscription based setup with timely hardware refreshes included being the preferred way for all chromeOS customers

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