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11.6-inch, $249 USD laptop is drawing rave reviews

The top selling notebook on Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) currently is... a Google Inc. (GOOG) Chromebook?!

This news may come as a shock to many, but the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. $249 USD Wi-Fi model Chromebook seized that crown recently, placing #3 in overall PC sales on Amazon.  The $310 USD 3G-equipped model settled for a respectable #19 place in notebooks.

The only "PC" that's currently outselling the (Linux) Chrome OS based Samsung laptop on Amazon is the 7-inch $170 USD Galaxy Tab 2.

Amazon sales aren't everything, but Chromebooks are clearly rising fast and appear dangerous.  According to Gartner, Inc. (IT) they accounted for nearly 5 percent of PC sales last quarter (1 in every 20 PCs sold).  Moreover, they comprised roughly 25 percent of sub-$300 USD notebook sales.
Samsung Chromebook
That's a shocking comeback for an operating system that appeared all but dead after abysmal sales half in H2 2011.  The key appears to be what drew excitement to Chromebooks in the first place -- prices.

Prices were originally expected to be in the $200-300 USD range, when Chrome OS was first announced way back in Nov. '09, but when it finally landed in May '11 they slotted in at $350-500 USD.  Samsung refused to release sales on its original Chromebook priced at $430 (Wi-Fi); $500 (3G), but it was rumored to be in the tens of thousands of units.

By contrast, after cutting its price nearly in half, Samsung is moving millions of Chromebooks.  Aside from the price, another key to the Chromebook resurgence is a tweaked operating system user interface, which Google has devoted a lot of TLC to, even when Chromebooks weren't selling.

For its price the 11.6-inch Wi-Fi model includes impressive specs:
  • 1366x768 11.6-inch display
  • 2 GB DDR3 (1333 MHz)
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250
  • 16 GB NAND Flash hard drive
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • Weight: 2.4 lb
  • Dimensions: 11.40 x 8.09 x 0.69 inches
Is Chrome OS the next Android?  It's too early to say, but it's enjoying a similar meteoric rise in sales after a slow start much like Android did.  For Google, it appears patience and devotion to its craft is yet again paying off.

Source: Amazon



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This is how
By Argon18 on 7/18/2013 2:27:36 PM , Rating: 1
Linux will conquer the desktop. Linux (Android) has already conquered phones and tablets. Next will be entry notebooks like the Chromebook, which will drive developer support. Then it will move to home desktop market, and finally corporate.




RE: This is how
By Samus on 7/18/2013 2:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
Every Apple product essentially runs Linux, with OSX being kernel compatible (application recompilation required.)

That's why I'm surprised there aren't as many programs for Mac...but I guess it comes down to there just aren't many programs for Linux.


RE: This is how
By Luticus on 7/18/2013 2:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
There are lots of programs for mac just as there are countless programs for Linux distributions. OSX is no more Linux than Android is. To say Android is Linux is a huge stretch. It's Linux "like", but it lacks several things that today's "GNU/Linux" distributions have. Android is based on Linux just like OSX is based on FreeBSD, this does not mean that Android IS Linux, just as Ubuntu is not Debian.

To further stress this: "Android consists of a kernel based on Linux kernel version 2.6 and, from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onwards, version 3.x", "Android's Linux kernel has further architecture changes by Google outside the typical Linux kernel development cycle.[63] Android does not have a native X Window System by default nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries, and this makes it difficult to port existing Linux applications or libraries to Android." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_%28operating_...


RE: This is how
By nafhan on 7/18/2013 4:40:46 PM , Rating: 2
The reason Android apps are generally not compatible with other Linux based systems is because most Android apps are written for the Dalvik VM. Dalvik is essentially a JVM like layer that runs on top of Android. The fact that Android does not include various unnecessary (for Android) OS utilities has nothing to do with whether or not it's Linux.


RE: This is how
By nafhan on 7/18/2013 4:10:58 PM , Rating: 3
Every Apple product runs a BSD derived kernel that's POSIX compliant. Linux kernel based OS's are mostly compliant. There's some level of interoperability between most POSIX compliant systems, but that's nothing like "essentially running Linux".
quote:
That's why I'm surprised there aren't as many programs for Mac...but I guess it comes down to there just aren't many programs for Linux.
I think it's more likely that you want a specific program you are used to using in Windows and can't find it on OS X or Linux.


RE: This is how
By dsumanik on 7/18/2013 3:16:14 PM , Rating: 3
Love nix, its the most powerful and flexible but seriously doubt this will happen.

Even if it starts to happen, others will slash the price of commercial OS to be free, or priced so low its negligible.

You need to press a single button and have things "just work" to compete in the market of the average computer illiterate consumer. Unfortunately after years of development, linux just isn't there yet. Screwing around with terminal packages and browsing forums looking for drivers to get basic hardware to work...after 30 seconds the same peeps just going to say this thing sucks, I want my iphone!

They would be better off rewriting android for desktop, and ditching chrome OS I think.

But along comes the big ugly elephant in the room again: fragmentation.

I mean how bad would it it suck to buy a PC, or notebook, and then not be able to receive updates on a timely basis? Google should require all handset makers to run stock android on their device, as well as any custom versions to be compliant.

Overall, there are just millions more computer illiterate dummies out there with pockets full of money, apple is living proof.

If you want a piece of that pie, you have to play within the "dummies" rules, and linux by design, won't ever do that...the hardcore nerds are in charge and they wont be changing things to accommodate apple lovers any time soon. I mean seriously go browse a linux forum and watch how someone asking for help gets cut down and told to use the search button etc etc. or read a guide.....It will be 10 posts of irrelevant argument before you hit someone with decent helpful info lol.

You want linux to succeed heres what you need:

- free, competitive UI
- lightweight out of the box driver support (yeah no biggie right!? lol)
- no fragmentation (yeah right lol)
- App store, with latest popular software offerings, with auto installs ....click a button, done.

You don't have these things, you aren't in the game anymore. I mean look at palm and BB os.. fantastic software but dead out of the gate...the average linux distro isnt even close to that level of polish.

Oh yeah dont forget M$ is constantly cutting all sorts of backroom deals to make sure windows is sold on every piece of hardware manufactured.

One last thing:

Imagine if the entire world just switched to linux tomoroow.. i mean seriously, stock market crash, power outages, communications would go down.....We'd all be f*cked.

The sheeps just wouldn't know what to do, and there are alot of damn sheeps.


RE: This is how
By nafhan on 7/18/2013 4:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You need to press a single button and have things "just work" to compete in the market of the average computer illiterate consumer.
Uhm... that's basically a description of a Chromebook or Android. It's also many of the major desktop Linux based OS's - if the OS is pre-installed. Ask your average "computer illiterate" to install OS X or Windows, and they'll be just as lost as they would be with Linux.


RE: This is how
By Flunk on 7/19/2013 9:11:55 AM , Rating: 2
There are distributions of Linux that are easier to install than Windows. Ubuntu, for example (there are a lot of others). Ubuntu's installer is capable of literally doing everything if you just push the next button a few times.

You don't even need to find drivers yourself because it will install the base ones and the updater will prompt to install proprietary binary drivers if they like after the install is finished.

Heck, you can install most software through the Ubuntu software center which is about as easy as using Google.

The reason no one is using Linux is not because it's not easy, it's because of three things. All new systems ship with Windows, most software is available for Windows, people are used to Windows. You see the outcry when Microsoft changes tiny UI elements in Windows, moving to a new OS is much more disruptive than that.


RE: This is how
By nafhan on 7/19/2013 9:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
It sounds like we generally agree on this stuff... The point I was making is that installing an OS is difficult enough that many people are unwilling to even try it - regardless of which OS you're talking about, and Linux based OS's generally don't come pre-installed on many consumer PC's.


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