Update: Heise has updated its story on the Acer DX241H to say that the PC will not run Chrome Os. It will merely be loaded with Google's Chrome browser. Acer has announced the first Google Chrome OS device, according to a somewhat sketchy report out of Germany citing Acer itself. Oddly enough, the device is not a notebook. It's …
I want this!
Large monitor with built in Chrome OS? I would love such a machine as this. I mainly use my computer to update my website and surf the internet. I am sick and tired of computer maintenance issue and I'm sure that the masses of the non tech savvy population are as well. I think sales of chrome o s on big screen devices will explode as they will also in the netbook market. I can't wait until chrome o s is out!
Chrome OS that is.
Have you actually used the abomination that is chrome O_o ?
Back full circle
There are much better ways to achieve the goal of creating applications that keep their state remotely instead of scraping a solution that combines all this rubbish,under the false pretense of being all "open" technologies... have your PhDs figure it out Google.
"There are much better ways to achieve the goal of creating applications that keep their state remotely instead of scraping a solution that combines all this rubbish..."
As much as I hate to defend the bollocks concept that web apps can do everything, there is a distinct difference between a dumb terminal and a transactional client-server model. Having an app's data state stored in a key-value pair or relational DB as opposed to a fat, persistent memory block is much more efficient for app providers. The client can also does a lot of the work itself: for example managing the UI state and rendering locally while keeping data (the important bit) safe on the remote machine. So these machines are a far cry from dumb terminals, and in a lot of cases, this arrangement works far better.
Have to see the specs to know for sure, but this looks like a good bit of gear so far.
Acer has the right idea
What good is a portable PC that is not much more then a paper weight without internet access? Sure you can stick 3G in it but then you have an expensive data contract to add to the price. The cellular networks are already whining about smart phone users actually using the data they paid for, just wait for a device that is always sucking data, they are going to love that...
Just a Web Browser
You can download a web browser for free. Why buy a computer?
I was thinking that...
Old computer (or even something like a Sheevaplug/Guruplug) hooked up to monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Boot optimised Linux environment, possibly running completely from RAM.
Load X and a web browser.
Done! You have duplicated what ChromeOS is supposed to do. (Plus you still have the option of real local programs for specific porpoises or dolphins)
I think that is what native code support is aimed at. While it might be a better technical solution the openness of the web has its benefits.
Do we have to connect them to 3174 controllers, or will they be using this new whizzy interwebs thingy?
I always hate this bit...
It will be priced at $400 or for people in the UK between £350-450.
You know i'll be right about that.
...because the USD price quoted never includes sales tax (since it differs between states and cities) and the cost of shipping per unit is higher to the UK (assuming an East Asia production facility).
$400 in NYC (8.875% sales tax) would actually be $435.50.
$400 at current 1.7 FX, is about £235. Include VAT at 20%, and you've got a tidy £280 without adding any profit at all or taking shipping and handling in to account.
Put down the cool aid
"there are no local applications"
What's this 'ere Native Client stuff in it then ? Why, it's local applications !