Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2013 20:48 UTC
Google It's turning out to be a bit of a crazy week for cool new products, isn't it? We already got Ubuntu Touch Preview for phones and tablets, then we got the new PlayStation 4 yesterday, and today Google surprised us all by launching the Chromebook Pixel. Google's first laptop appears to be a stunning machine - just don't ask who the hell it's for.
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RE: LOL Google
by ricegf on Thu 21st Feb 2013 22:56 UTC in reply to "LOL Google"
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

I'm curious - in what universe does a "nettop" (I suspect you mean "netbook") come with a 12.85” 2560x1700 touchscreen?

Rather, this appears to me to be Google's assertion that Chrome is a full-featured desktop OS ready for the mainstream, in much the same way that the original Nexus smartphone was Google's assertion that skin-free Android was ready for the mainstream.

It certainly worked well for the Nexus.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by tylerdurden on Thu 21st Feb 2013 23:24 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

In the universe where google is trying to convince me to buy a device that can only perform a fraction of what a fully fledged "traditional" stand alone device can.

This device is at the same price level as a retina macbook, so right off the bat it becomes an almost impossible sell.

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RE[3]: LOL Google
by ricegf on Thu 21st Feb 2013 23:39 in reply to "RE[2]: LOL Google"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

No, "I don't think it's a good value" isn't the definition of a netbook.

My iPad also can't do a lot of things that a less expensive netbook can do - read an SD card, compose long documents, run Microsoft Office - and yet Apple seems to be doing OK with the product line. Perhaps because it can do things the netbook can't? Just a thought.

I'm fine if you think a high-end Chrome laptop won't sell. We'll know soon enough.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by tidux on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 13:58 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

ChromeOS is based on Gentoo Linux, and you can get a terminal emulator by hitting Ctrl-Alt-T. Hopefully they'll add a GUI way of accessing it soon, as a gentle introduction for all the nublets. I'm seriously contemplating getting a Chromebook and seeing how much work it takes to bootstrap pkgsrc on it, because it's already GNU/Linux, it just needs a package manager that stays out of /.

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RE[3]: LOL Google
by ricegf on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 22:21 in reply to "RE[2]: LOL Google"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Didn't know thr, thanks! If I took the plunge, I'd still want to give Ubuntu and SUSE (at least) a try, but I won't rule out Chrome out of hand.

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RE[2]: LOL Google
by ze_jerkface on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 23:04 in reply to "RE: LOL Google"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Rather, this appears to me to be Google's assertion that Chrome is a full-featured desktop OS ready for the mainstream


So a slimmed down version of Linux with a browser on top is a full-featured OS?

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RE[3]: LOL Google
by ricegf on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 03:46 in reply to "RE[2]: LOL Google"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

You find it more logical that Google is selling a $1300 laptop to read XKCD?

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