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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Best computer I've owned
by krackersk on Wed 7th May 2014 07:39 UTC
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I bought one as a second computer (my netbook recently died on me) about 3 months ago. It is now the only computer I use. It forces me to do everything on the web, which means that everything I do is now collaborative. This has really changed the way I work. I do run crouton with elementaryos but I found I only use it to run KeepassX to store my passwords. Everything else I've found an alternative for. If I don't have wireless I just tether my phone.

It's also actually the first mobile computer that actually makes sense: small, light, long battery life.

Another interesting thing about them is they are really the first throw away computer. Like another model? Just buy it because the are super cheap and like a phone all the apps are downloaded to a new one when you log in, almost no setup time. My upgrade cycle will be about a year now rather than the 4 years I used to keep my laptops for.

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