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folks who need the computers to do work, not for high-end games.
People who want to want to use their machines, not fight with anti-virus anti-spyware, etc
even power users who want something light with a long battery life that they can carry around and use to connect to their other systems
The Cr-48 and Chrome OS: Google's vision of the net
Posted Jan 18, 2011 13:50 UTC (Tue) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
It seems like you probably can't get much work done on one of these and, even if you could, few businesses would buy them for employees when they could buy an infinitely more flexible netbook for a similar price.
Posted Jan 18, 2011 15:41 UTC (Tue) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
Imagine a sales floor or a call center or what-have-you. Any computer will do for what you need a computer for. Sit down at any station (or in the case of a sales floor, pick up a sales tablet) and do what you need to do, and get on with life. Any computer is as good as another, so you don't have to worry about picking up <I>your</I> computer.
UPS and FedEx already have a limited-scope version of such gadgets for tracking packages. It's not an unreasonable model when the computer is not the end itself, but rather a means to an end.
Posted Jan 19, 2011 2:27 UTC (Wed) by xilun (subscriber, #50638)
Neither corporations nor the paranoid geeks that want to build/administrate/maintain and have total mastery of their systems including of course security and privacy are the target of ChomeOs. It's far more suitable for the general public (at least the part that don't really care about privacy and have very little needs beyond web-surfing, and will happily stays in the limited roles the big corporations are willing to put them it, with clear borders).
Posted Jan 19, 2011 2:33 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I'm sure that if you called and wanted to order several thousands of them you could arrange to get the key in the rom changes to something else.
it may even be that the rom is socketed so that you can change it out.
this is assuming that it really is rom, not just flash that requires opening the machine to reprogram. I haven't seen a real hardware tear-apart to know the details of this.
Posted Jan 19, 2011 7:36 UTC (Wed) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
I think having a really low cost locked-down Citrix client that can also run web apps directly would be quite attractive to corporates, particularly if it can also be configured to only connect via corporate VPN (which avoids the insecurity of open public WiFi).
Posted Jan 19, 2011 1:25 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
your power users who need special software aren't the users for this, but your call-center users, shipping/receiving/warehouse people just need a machine that can access the web-based apps that they are using.
adding an extra platform to support does add management costs, but if the reduction in admin effort and cost is enough, it will win out.
Posted Jan 19, 2011 9:50 UTC (Wed) by frazier (guest, #3060)
(from the time + proximity perspective of some decision makers)
Absolutely. This is Google-in-the-workplace. Everyone is already using Google in some form or another. This is just more Google. No big deal.
Linux is a big deal. Who's running Linux? I think we might have some Linux servers in IT, but our Microsoft Partner set up the high visibility web stuff on ASP.NET. All is good.
I'll divide out how I think most people make decisions (from toothpaste to God):
1. Time (amount of time consumed with something)
2. Proximity (how close they are to something. Worth noting, 1 and 2 can swap depending on the person and/or situation)
#3 trails hard with many. Linux doesn't have #1 or #2 with many because their Linux time (server) is largely transparent, and for them it's something inside their browser (the web site, not the web platform used). Google though, they've been searching with them for years. They may already have an Android phone that stays with them. For them, it's not a Linux phone, it's a Google Android-based phone. They spend time with it, and it's close by.
I think a big threat for Chrome OS is actually Android. Some cheap netbooks with touchscreens would cater nicely to points #1 and #2. Not saying it'll happen in numbers, but it certainly is possible.
...and yes, I know Chrome OS is Linux-based. That's #3 talk.
Posted Jan 25, 2011 7:42 UTC (Tue) by ceplm (guest, #41334)
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