The Chromebook Pixel is not for you is a really interesting look at the new Chrome notebook from Google. Mostly the issues are around the price.
$1,300 is MacBook Air territory. It’s Lenovo Yoga 13 with 8GB of RAM and 384GB SSD territory. It’s pretty-damn-good gaming desktop-land. Hell, for $1,500 you can get a Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch or a 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display. Know what those things have in common? Robust, complete operating systems with huge ecosystems of apps that can use that powerful Ivy Bridge hardware even when there’s no Internet connection available. Know what the Pixel doesn’t have?
I was excited when ChromeOS was announced, and I think it’s something new and interesting, but I don’t know exactly where it would fit in my workflow. However, a $1300 laptop is a lot of money to drop on a laptop, and for $1300 I’d expect not only the sexy hardware with fit and finish that google appears to have presented here, but also a fully functional OS, not a web browser that I can run just as easily on a crappy netbook.
Time will tell however.
I know it's about an hour late, but if you're interested you can check out the Google Chrome Live feed to see what they're announcing. From what I've seen so far it's a netbook pilot program for Google Chrome OS. You can apply to be a tester for the netbook by registering here.
I'll update with a summary when things are all done.
The awesome Gina Trapani has posted The Human's Guide to Running Google Chrome OS over on Lifehacker.
Engadget has a video and article on Chrome OS like lightning from a USB key, with links to a torrent of the OS which can be set up to (I think) run from a USB key (with the link I mean, I know it can be set up to run off a USB key). Definitely a fun looking thing to try if you have a laptop sitting around that needs some use...
Ah, here's a site with the same download (though broken) and windows and linux install instructions.
OSNews has a Chrome OS Security Overview.
Yea, it'll be a hot topic for a while to come.... but Paul Thurrott has a really great Google Chrome OS Preview over on the winsupersite.
That didn't take long did it? Lifehacker has the Chrome OS Virtual Machine Build links ready for download in both Virtual Box and VMware formats.
Engadget has a nice rundown of Chrome OS: Chrome OS is what I want, but not what I need.
The Google Chrome OS announcement is under an hour away,(10AM PST). Are you ready? Gearlog will Live Blog going, and Google will be streaming it (realplayer is an option? Really?!). Anyone else know of any sites covering it Apple Keynote style?
Anyway, looking forward to it, though I expect to be disappointed. Fingers crossed :)