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Chromebooks will be shipping to the tune of 7.3 million units this year, thanks mostly to educational sales. Research house Gartner estimates that the 2015 calendar year will bring banner sales for the operating system as more schools and home users seek out Chromebooks. Should Chromebook reach the 7.3 million unit mark, the …

  1. king of foo


    I can hear stallman's wailing from here!

    By hey, at least they're cheap AND conditioning our kids to be good little products...

  2. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    Just bought a Toshiba Chromebook II

    Partly for the *excellent* screen, partly for the portability, battery life, and weight.

    Now I've installed a Linux distribution (using crouton, with Cinnamon desktop environment, after jumping through a few hoops) I'm really pleased with it. It'll never be a power-user machine but it does simple development, plus all the internet stuff that I need and without the need to be connected all the time.

    Though it's not something I'd recommend to the Aged Parents[tm] or even daughter who has used linux for years. As a chromebook it does suffer rather from the same problems that afflict android tablets: not everything I do is connected to the web.

    And where's the bloody delete key? What imbecile decided that was unnecessary?

    1. pepsiman

      Re: Just bought a Toshiba Chromebook II

      delete is alt+backspace.

      1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

        Re: Just bought a Toshiba Chromebook II

        Thanks for that; I shall have to play and see if the mapping survives the linuxy bits (country coding doesn't).

    2. Fungus Bob

      Re: Just bought a Toshiba Chromebook II

      "And where's the bloody delete key?"

      It deleted itself.

  3. Kevin Reilly

    If you want to equip an IT lab for young fanbois one Mac Pro plus 20 odd1 chromebooks will do the job at a fraction of the cost of buying Macbooks. Look it up.

    1. joeW

      Chromebooks RDP-ing to a Mac server, something like that?

  4. RyokuMas
    Black Helicopters

    Created by Google as a low-cost method for running web applications increasing the amount of data they can gather about you...


  5. The last doughnut

    Created by Google as a low-cost method for increasing the number of people using the internet without feeding the Redmond monster.

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