Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sun 15th May 2011 06:16 UTC, submitted by Sebastian Anthony
Google "Both hardware- and software-wise, [Chromebooks] are nothing special: You can download Chrome OS's open source brother, Chromium OS, for free -- and at around $400 for a Chromebook, you would certainly expect some better hardware than what Samsung and Acer are offering. In fact, for around $300 you can get a cheaper and more powerful netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed -- and it only takes about 30 minutes to wipe Windows and install Chrome OS yourself."
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by Fusion on Sun 15th May 2011 23:41 UTC
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what an interesting article to happen across while browsing on your recently-imaged bootleg chromebook. I just pulled my old Acer AspireOne (A150) out of my junk drawer last night for this purpose, and I have to say that the general user experience isn't too bad. I am one of the many who snagged a netbook on launch, and much like my nintendo Wii, used it for a few days and then let it collect dust; using it maybe 1-3x per year in an emergency.

As for OS's, sure you could throw a full-blown linux install or Windows7... and it might even run respectably fast. The thing is, if you're like me, having a full-blown OS on any of these is kind of a waste. I want a quick web browser session or SSH tunnel; Chromium/ChromeOS provides that, keeps my bookmarks, settings, webapps server-side (I refuse to use the "C" word), supports my hardware and just works with no fuss.

The article hit one thing right, though. If you buy a cheap netbook preloaded with Windows7, then you probably should wipe it --- and use the Win7 license on a *real* computer. ChromeOS gets the job done well enough.

I wouldn't go out to buy a netbook at this point of the game...but, hey, if you've already got one collecting dust...can't hurt to give it a whirl.

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