Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 17:18 UTC

AnandTech has reviewed the new Chromebook 11 from HP/Google.

Chrome OS is extremely purpose built and it is something that should bring about great concern to those at Microsoft. I personally don't have a problem with Windows 8, but purpose built is hardly a phrase that applies to the OS - at least if you're talking about it on a more traditional PC. I suspect by the time we get to Windows 9, Microsoft will have a better answer to the critics of 8/8.1, but that gives Google and its Chrome OS partners at least another year of marketshare erosion. At the beginning of this mobile journey I remember x86 being an advantage for Intel, and we all know what happened to that. Similarly, I remember Windows/Office being advantages for Microsoft. If Microsoft doesn't find a quick solution for making low cost Windows PCs just as well executed as Chrome OS devices, it'll find itself in a world where Windows no longer matters to entry-level/mainstream users.

Apple's taken over the high-end, Google is taking over the low-end, and in mobile, the company barely registers.

Microsoft's next CEO faces a herculean task.

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RE: doubtful
by Wondercool on Tue 15th Oct 2013 22:00 UTC in reply to "doubtful"
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Chrome is pretty ok for most people who only need a browser and a keyboard.

For me personally it's even better: I replaced ChromeOS with XUbuntu. Those Chromebooks don't come with Microsoft OS tax and the price point is brilliant.

I used to have Samsung NC20 11" netbook type computer.
Cost me 300 euro 4 years ago. Was quite slow and did not play games.
I replaced it with a 170 euro 11" acer C7 Chromebook 6 months ago. It is insanely good for the money. I put on Ubuntu ( and I can even play Portal or most Steam Linux games!

And now the Haswell version is out! I will never go back to if the hardware is this good for 170 euro

Granted I am not sure if the ARM based Chromebooks run linux (probably yes) but the Celeron based Acer is fantastic

Edited 2013-10-15 22:01 UTC

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RE[2]: doubtful
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 23:02 in reply to "RE: doubtful"
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Can you put Ubuntu on the ARM version as well?

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RE[3]: doubtful
by pilotgi on Tue 15th Oct 2013 23:23 in reply to "RE[2]: doubtful"
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Can you put Ubuntu on the ARM version as well?

openSUSE has an ARM version of their distro.

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RE[3]: doubtful
by Wondercool on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: doubtful"
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RE[3]: doubtful
by Lennie on Wed 16th Oct 2013 16:38 in reply to "RE[2]: doubtful"
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Yes, I use that. I'm happy with it.

The only annoying thing is you have to press a key to enter the 'developer mode' at startup. If you get it wrong, it will do a restore (which takes more than 15 minutes I believe) and you'll have to get it back in developer mode (takes a few steps) and make the Linux desktop partition the default boot partition again.

And the keyboard doesn't have all the normal keys. I would have liked some more keys, maybe I should take the time to look into more keyboard mappings.

Everything else works great, it's just a little ARM dual-boot netbook/laptop (ChromeOS and desktop Linux) for about 300 euros (includes shipping from

Because I bought mine from the UK, I needed to replace the plug of the power supply.

Edited 2013-10-16 16:51 UTC

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RE[2]: doubtful
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 10:51 in reply to "RE: doubtful"
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Granted I am not sure if the ARM based Chromebooks run linux (probably yes) but the Celeron based Acer is fantastic

Google Crouton. Not only do ARM based Chromebooks run more traditional Linux environments, but they can do so simultaneously - e.g., switch between Chrome OS and Ubuntu with a hotkey, using the same kernel, with no reboots.

My son does this, using Chrome OS as his browser and Ubuntu for his homework as a senior in Computer Science at the local university. I'm very tempted by the HP Chromebook as a result.

It's brilliant, really, IMHO.

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