Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 17:58 UTC
Google Andy Rubin, who created Android and has led its development both at Android Inc. and later at Google, has decided to step down as the big Android boss at Google. Having created the world's "most-used mobile operating system", as Google CEO Larry Page refers to it, I'd say his stint has been successful. Interestingly enough, he will be succeeded by Sundar Pichai - Chrome OS boss. Yes.
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Chome OS needs to do something
by FunkyELF on Wed 13th Mar 2013 18:53 UTC
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My wife got 5 ChromeBooks (Samsung Series 5) for her classroom through the Donors Choose program. They were only $99 through there.

Anyway, she got them last week and we were using them trying to figure out what all they can do. They can basically do anything that Chrome can do, which isn't much.

The Chrome Web store is rife with "applications" that are essentially bookmarks to urls of Flash web pages covered with Flash advertisements.

I was extremely disappointed with them.
For her classroom it will be fine, but if it were my money, (they're $250 retail), I'd spend a hundred more dollars and get something with a real operating system.

As far as their applications go... I'm not sure NaCl, or even PNaCl is the way to go. Web applications involve too much. CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Server-side code in yet another language.

Ultimately I know that web applications are the most portable across systems since every system has a web browser... I just wish JS wasn't the standard. I wish LLVM bitcode was the standard and you could code in JS, Python, C, or whatever else your heard desired. PNaCl will be a step towards this but it is still too restrictive and not a standard used by anybody but Chrome.

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moondevil Member since:

My netbook had a price tag of 300€ and has a full blown operating system running on it with a dual core AMD Brazos APU and a proper graphics card thanks to it.

No way I would replace this for a dumb wannabe laptop.

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Lennie Member since:

Actually it has the fastest ARM processor available for end user market. And has no moving parts, so no fans, no HDD.

I installed desktop Linux on it.

Operating systems are free to download and install remember ? ;-)

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tkeith Member since:

My Son's school just ordered a bunch of chromebooks. Most of what they do is through the web anyway. You still have to pay for a good content provider, it's not like you're going to find a lot of free, quality educational sites out there. I'd much rather see them pay $100-200 on a low maintenance Chromebook than $1000+ on iMAC's like many schools. Now if only schools would realize the iPAD isn't the only tablet out there.

I agree about the Web store, Google needs to clean that up badly. It's embarrassing.

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darknexus Member since:

Now if only schools would realize the iPAD isn't the only tablet out there.

Depending on regulations in the country, region, or district, the iPad might very well be the only one they can go for right now. I don't know of any regulations that specify iPads but, in many areas, they do specify certain minimum requirements for educational use. Occasionally those requirements include certain accessibility features (differs by area) for those with vision, motor, or auditory problems. These are all things the iPad (and iOS in general) have where Android's situation is far murkier and the fragmentation issues impede the use of some or all of these functions. Even in areas where these regulations are not present, iPads are far easier to deploy sight wide than something like an Android tablet, and there is the frequency (or lack there of depending on the OEM) of updates and security patches to consider as well.

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fatjoe Member since:

Let me see if I get this correct...

1. Schools are spending shitloads of $$$ on manpower and software to lock down expensive laptops so students don't fill them with games, viruses and spyware.

2. Google gives them very some very low maintenance hardware with excellent security at a extremely good price. Schools are now happy like a dyke in a hardware store.

3. You are a leet wizard who can't use this for your leet wizardy projects, therefore ChromeOS is a failure?

Your leet wizardy skillz for some reason doesn't include making google searches? There are tons of articles about dualbooting chromebooks or running full linux in a chroot environment..

Edited 2013-03-13 19:19 UTC

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chithanh Member since:

I agree.

The value in being maintenance-free is something that many computer enthusiasts and also some tech journalists have difficulties to grasp.

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FunkyELF Member since:

So you're agreeing with me...

I said it would be fine for her classroom.
I said it was not for me and I'd go with something else.

Are you surprised that someone on OSNews would demand more from an operating system?

I never said Chrome OS was a failure, don't put words in my mouth or infer things.
I said what I said, nothing more.

They're good for children, and worth every penny if you value security and being locked down.
They're bad for people with actual computing needs, and overpriced if you're going to replace ChromeOS with something else.

The picture editor only has "rotate" and "crop"... it didn't even have red eye reduction. You can't even Facebook properly on it.

I did not dual boot the machines because they're not mine and I didn't want to brick them. To dual boot you need to get into dev mode and replace the bootloader.
I did, however, do the chroot thing which only required dev mode, not replacing the bootloader.
The chroot environment was okay but still had issues due to the hardware. There was no middle clicking to paste and the alt-up alt-down as home and end keys that works in ChromeOS did not translate to the chroot environment.

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