I don't trust Google who has been in bed with the Obama administration or any other corporation to control all my computer to this extent. I do think this computer (unless Google locks it out) will be highly compatible with Ubuntu or quickly will be. Running Ubuntu on it has me intrigued. The notebook looks like a Black Macbook Pro of sorts, oversized track pad and the F-keys look almost identical also the chick-let keyboard and lid open thumb spot too.
If priced right and Ubuntu is proved on it I will probably get one if they keep this design.
I recently tried Chromium OS and it was pretty slow. Of course I was running a live usb but my Ubuntu 10.10 live is faster once it gets loaded. My hardware might not be fully supported though. Hopefully they will improve their final product. I can see many light computer users buying this for speed (if it works out) and because most things they do are in the cloud and it might allow them to circumvent a pricier windows solution or (to them) unfamiliar linux in favor of something that works like google chrome. It's not really my cup of tea but I can see some enjoying it.
Why the hell would anyone want a computer that requires an internet connection to function? What if you're on a trip and want to watch a movie, or out of internet or cell phone range? I'll stick to my non-cloud based computing, thanks. Besides, my netbook which runs ubuntu boots in less than 10 seconds too.
Most people I know use their laptops to browse the web, and do some word processing. Many of them don't know the differences between a computer and the internet. If for some reason they cannot get to a site or their internet goes down I hear “my computer is not working.”
I think Google has a chance with users describe above. Readers here at TH might be reluctant to by an internet device.
Even though I understand where Google is going with this, I do a lot more with my PC (e.g. video & photo editing, publishing, gaming, etc) than just browse the web.
I can see this as a good mate with a real laptop, now while at the airport you can fire up chrome to check and update your email etc so as to not use up/drain your primary laptop battery, i see this all the time with netbooks as they can usually just slide the netbook in the same case with the laptop. Is it for me? i dont know as i would just purchase a Sony Z UltraPortable machine but i can definitely see the advantages of this over a "normal" worthless netbook
I definitely see this as having potential to be big for people who do mostly just use web-based applications. Especially for those people who are already using many of Google's services. I can see myself having this as a second or 3rd OS on my notebook for when that's all I need to do. This is especially true as more powerful applications are developed in this format. I will hold off all actual judgement until I try it for myself.
"Verizon will be providing the 3G services and there will be a free 100MB per month for two years"
um i'm pretty sure normal browsing exceeds 200mb/month. let alone the fact that if this is a "cloud" based OS and all the data on your computer is synced with google's network then you'll fast exceed that in just a couple of days.