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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They're huge in the US.
by tidux on Wed 7th May 2014 06:34 UTC
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Chromebooks have been sitting at the top of Amazon's best-selling laptop charts for a year now. They're popular with travelers because the laptop itself is basically stateless. Save your important stuff to Google Drive, and it no longer matters if your kid spills their juice all over it, or it gets lost or stolen in transit - just get another cheap Chromebook and log in, all your stuff is right there.

I've heard similar arguments about hardware replacement for why Apple laptops were popular among travelers. Over the last year, I've noticed Chromebooks take over a large percentage of laptops I've seen people use at airports, along with Thinkpads and Macbooks.

Full disclosure: I have an Acer C720 dual booting Chrome OS and Kubuntu 14.04. I use Chrome OS more often than not on it because 95% of what I use a small laptop for is SSH (recommended Free Software apps for ChromeOS: Secure Shell and mosh), media streaming, and web browsing, but it's nice to have a more full featured Linux distro available if I need to do serious work on a local machine.

Edited 2014-05-07 06:35 UTC

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