Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC
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If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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Saw my first last weekend
by ameasures on Tue 6th May 2014 22:13 UTC
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Had they been available 5 years ago; I would have bought one instead of the netbook (AOA150) I did get. Frankly if it fills a role, why not.

Could have taken my MacBookPro on that long haul trip but I preferred to have a lightweight that wouldn't stress me out if it were dropped by my kids or stolen.

Laptops and tablets are becoming the modern equivalent of the old VT100 terminals anyway - much of the time. The web browser replaces telnet and looks better - plus ca change.

My guess is that "silver surfers" amongst others will take to something like this. Whether it take significant market share is hard to guess. Alongside Android and Linux: it could quietly gain market share.

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RE: Saw my first last weekend
by SeanParsons on Wed 7th May 2014 01:41 in reply to "Saw my first last weekend"
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2011-01-11

I feel like I see them a lot here in Pittsburgh. I see them in all the computer stores, a couple of my friends use them, and one my friends has a teen age daughter and all her classmates are issued Chromebooks. I even bought one last year to replace my grandfather's old xp box. He is 92 and seems quite comfortable doing everything on his Chromebook.

They are fast, cheap, reliable (provided you have WiFi access), and hard to screw up. I am not surprised they are so common now.

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