Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Jan 2013 22:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker that's suffered two consecutive annual losses, posted strong sales of notebooks using Google's Chrome platform after the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 failed to ignite the market. Chrome-based models accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer's U.S. shipments since being released there in November, President Jim Wong said in an interview at the Taipei-based company's headquarters. That ratio is expected to be sustainable in the long term and the company is considering offering Chrome models in other developed markets, he said." HP is also planning a Chrome OS laptop, and it's been at the top of Amazon's charts (whatever that means) for a while now. In case you haven't noticed - the desktop world, too, is changing. Nobody wants Windows 8 (touch or no), so OEMs are finally looking elsewhere. We're finally getting what we wanted 13 years ago.
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RE[5]: Why this is aweseome
by moondevil on Tue 29th Jan 2013 09:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why this is aweseome"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

"You have to ask Acer, not me.

So you know that Acer has to pay for ChromeOS but you don't know the amount or you don't know anything about the cost and are just trying to get ChromeOS to Windows level.
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ChromeOS does not come for free. Acer surely has to pay the engineers responsible for doing Acer specific extensions as well as integration into their own hardware.

On real life people working with FOSS do get salaries to buy food and such, so Acer has to pay those engineers.

How much from each ChromeOS Acer device sale goes into those salaries only Acer can tell.

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RE[6]: Why this is aweseome
by Fergy on Tue 29th Jan 2013 09:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Why this is aweseome"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

ChromeOS does not come for free. Acer surely has to pay the engineers responsible for doing Acer specific extensions as well as integration into their own hardware.

On real life people working with FOSS do get salaries to buy food and such, so Acer has to pay those engineers.

Following your reasoning you pay a tax on every product and service you use. Can you still call it a tax? Or is it just the price of the product or service.

Edited 2013-01-29 09:48 UTC

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RE[7]: Why this is aweseome
by moondevil on Tue 29th Jan 2013 10:21 in reply to "RE[6]: Why this is aweseome"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

That is why I don't agree with the Microsoft Tax comments.

All devices have a Something Tax component unless you buy plain hardware.

If you buy a computer to install something else than what came with it, you are effectively taking away a component that has cost in the overall price.

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