Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 21:32 UTC
Google Two interesting reviews of the new Chrome OS and new hardware. The general gist? While we're all busy focussing on Android, Chrome OS keeps getting better and better - even though it's not there quite yet. Nuance is in the final verdict - The Verge claims it's almost there: "Google is closer than ever to convincing the world that we can live online, that we can do away with the old hard drives and local apps and spend our lives on the web." ReadWriteWeb is already convinced: "The point is, Chrome OS is ready for the market." I have to admit that, for the first time, I feel somewhat compelled by Chrome OS.
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How convinced?
by tessmonsta on Tue 29th May 2012 22:11 UTC
tessmonsta
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2009-07-16

$350 convinced? $450 convinced?

I think I'm $250 convinced, but for the price couldn't we just get a nettop and use one of Hexxeh's builds?

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RE: How convinced?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 29th May 2012 22:38 in reply to "How convinced?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I'm convinced for $35 US.

Raspberry Pi with Chrome OS, that might not be bad. I wouldn't pay as much for a chromebook or box as I would for a machine that's capable of running Fedora. Raspberry Can run Fedora as well, but at the low price point It might be nice to just have a dumb terminal.

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RE[2]: How convinced?
by tessmonsta on Tue 29th May 2012 22:53 in reply to "RE: How convinced?"
tessmonsta Member since:
2009-07-16

I think Fry explains my opinion on that idea well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQCP85FngzE

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RE[2]: How convinced?
by renox on Wed 30th May 2012 11:31 in reply to "RE: How convinced?"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, I'm convinced for $35 US.

Raspberry Pi with Chrome OS, that might not be bad.


A not very powerful ARM CPU, plus only 256MB of RAM, plus a (slow) SD card (and you need to swap a lot because of the small RAM) for ChromeOS?

Ahem, your definition of "not bad" is interesting, I would say most probably slow as a snail myself..

Edited 2012-05-30 11:32 UTC

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RE: How convinced?
by kragil on Tue 29th May 2012 22:44 in reply to "How convinced?"
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2006-01-04

Give me a smaller SSD, a thiner body and a ARM SOC and take $250 less from me and I am convinced.

Google really needs to get the ARM port rolling.

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RE[2]: How convinced?
by tessmonsta on Tue 29th May 2012 22:55 in reply to "RE: How convinced?"
tessmonsta Member since:
2009-07-16

Generally, yes. They may switch to ARM SoCs after they smooth out the bugs in the Android port.

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RE: How convinced?
by pgeorgi on Wed 30th May 2012 07:04 in reply to "How convinced?"
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2010-02-18

$350 convinced? $450 convinced?

I think I'm $250 convinced, but for the price couldn't we just get a nettop and use one of Hexxeh's builds?

Google seems to target larger institutions with that hardware, at least that's what I understand from their offers (subscription option, support contract).

Institutional customers will prefer the unified hardware (ie. tested platform, simple to replace), automatic updates with quality controls on exactly that hardware, recovery mechanisms from boot (it's really hard to kill the software side of these devices) over setting up things themselves, even at a $150 premium. The selling point is "barely any (or 'no') administration required" (the cloud promise, in hardware).

Custom ChromiumOS builds won't provide this.

I think Google targets these customers because it's easier to work with them to get feedback (there's generally more patience in an institution than in a private customer), easier to provide support for (there is _some_ support infrastructure on the customer end), and a more clearly defined scope (institutions can define a-priori what use cases they have, so they'll know if a ChromeBox is a good match).

Once Google gained confidence with this part of the market I'd expect them to push into the personal computing market (and adapt volume and pricing accordingly).

tl;dr: These systems aren't for endusers yet, so they don't need enduser pricing at this time.

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RE[2]: How convinced?
by Radio on Wed 30th May 2012 09:28 in reply to "RE: How convinced?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Yeah, but did they have success selling this to any institution yet?

Do they even use them internally at Google? I mean, on a wide scale, not just the ChromeOS team eating its own dog food?

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RE[2]: How convinced?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 30th May 2012 13:40 in reply to "RE: How convinced?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I don't think that Google Docs is at the point where it could replace MS Office for most workers/students at large institutions. If they get it to the point where its as good as libreoffice, then they have a chance to take market share from the traditional Linux Desktop at large corporations.

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