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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ChromeBook != laptop or Netbook
by pica on Wed 7th May 2014 09:57 UTC
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While laptop and a Netbook is an autarkic computer providing
* own storage,
* own compute power,
* own user IO,
a ChromeBook is a mere web terminal. That is the ChromeBook's main advantage. A ChromeBook beside the user profiles does not contain a state. It is an almost stateless device.

A stateless device
* is easely replaced
* requires no backup
* does not give confidential data to a third parties if it gets stolen

But it is also the ChromeBook's main weakness. It is not autarkic. A ChromeBook depends on a infrastructure.


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