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Expect to see the appearance of netbooks running Google's Chrome OS later this month, the first of them coming from the online advertising giant itself. Acer and HP will have similar machines out in December. So say moles from within Taiwan's electronics industry by way of local newssite DigiTimes. The machines come more than …

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FAIL

Not again...

Just focus on the damn software Google.

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Anonymous Coward

Am I the only one that sees this as potentially a good thing?

If they're out first and set the price point low enough... this could set the tone for the me-too's. I doubt Acer would do it (too much at least), but I could definitely see HP padding the price an extra $100-150.

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I'm torn...

It's nice to see an open, Unix based O/S on a consumer device, but this is uber-evil Google, the scourge of street mapping and WiFi SID collection, we're talking about here, would we really trust them with our porn colle...erm, personal data on a laptop?

Decisions, decisions.

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I think...

You can use removable storage devices for some things. I'm still not sure about Chrome, but if the price point is right I might bite.

Also, if this could be un-Googled/untied-from-the-Cloud - there are rumors regarding an Enterprise version of ChromeOS - I could really see this being useful for many business users. A stateless netbook with data encryption on your personal data cache? Hell yeah! Imagine:

"Oh, you're having a trouble with your laptop - have you rebooted? Yes, ok, go to the office admin and swap it out with a spare and see if that works. Works? Ok, log the serial numbers into the asset tracking system and have a good day."

Still, they better price these damn things right. For an ARM-based laptop with maybe 8GB of internal storage and a free OS... I'm thinking $200 tops - definitely no more than $300 unless they have WIMAX/3G built into it.

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Not open

It may be Unix-based but it is not open, it's just a device with the Google browser soldered in. If you want to do anything with it apart from clicking on ads you have to use Google cloudiness... This is the classic definition of a Trojan, you get something that it's not what it looks and then somebody gets to control all your personal data. You prove my point nicely. Go for it my boy!

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Did I come across like a fanboy?

I must have I guess. I do agree that there are significant concerns around data privacy with anything Google touches.

Maybe to try and explain a little better this time, it's the combination of OS architecture and smartbook-grade hardware that I like. I can completely say with a straight face that in my house, despite having full Win7 *and* Office, our netbook hasn't launched a local app other than the browser and PDF reader in the last month, easily. We don't use it for anything else. The other 3 machines in the house? Different story, no doubt.

I would love to see a Google-less equivalent to ChromeOS (i.e. a stateless, secure, lightweight and fast OS architecture built around the browser on commodity-grade hardware). It's no replacement for my desktop/laptop... and the Google-controlled version wouldn't fly in business setting IMO (and yours I take it), but I still like *the idea* sans Google.

Cheers!

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Data Mine

So now all of you data will belong in one place ?

That is Google's

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Doh

Didn't Microsoft admit that having two 'mobile' OSes was a bad thing? they had two versions of Windows Mobile, smartphone and PocketPC (touch screen).

I really don't understand the point of Chrome OS. It just looks like an OS that is designed for an Internet appliance, not a computer.

People want to run applications on a tablet, not just a browser. Sure, the Internet features are very important. But look at the iPad, there are some pretty powerful apps for it that simple can't be delivered via a browser.

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urm...iPad powerful apps?

Seriously?

I cannot think of a powerful anything on the iPad. Please provide a list.

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If it works like their browser

the software will be a buggy load of fertilizer. Hopefully my beloved FreeBSD will eventually move ARM to tier 1 so I can have a decent browser (lynx) and some text editing abilities ([n]vi).

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