Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC

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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I'm sure i'll get hatemail for this.
by p13. on Wed 7th May 2014 06:33 UTC
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Don't want to offend anyone stuck with their head in the cloud, but ...

IMHO, chromebooks are just handicapped notebooks.
They have no reason for being, IMHO of course.

Anything they offer can be replicated quite easily with just about every other bit of hardware. All it does is boot into a browser.

You buy hardware that is capable of doing pretty much anything a "big" notebook can, and then you voluntarily restrict yourself to booting it into a browser, and some very limited side functionality. Useless.

I have yet to see one in the wild here in Belgium, or rather, used for it's intended purpose. People just buy them to hack linux onto them (much easier now with crouton, although that's just a chroot).

I don't see the point, really ... That is to say, other than them being a platform for tying you into google's services.

Edited 2014-05-07 06:34 UTC

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