Chrome OS Trumps “8”

According to SJVN and some OEMs, Chrome OS trumps “8” for several reasons:

  • Chrome web browser is much more familiar than “8”‘s UI.
  • Chrome Books are about half the price and that does matter to most of us.
  • It costs OEMs very little to install Chrome OS or any FLOSS OS for that matter.

The last point, in the long run, will be the kicker IMHO. IT has become a very competitive market quite different than it was a decade ago where if you offered something, millions would sell at almost any price. Now, to sell anything you can count on some fraction of rich/foolish buyers and huge masses of people squeezing pennies.

To be a global business you have to sell to the masses. ~$50 per unit for licensing is not on. Wintel is not on. M$ has to become just another supplier to remain global. The high-priced up-selling won’t work in most emerging markets and in large parts of established markets. In the old days only businesses could afford PCs. They just added M$’s tax to their prices and moved on. Now elementary children have smart phones and they and their parents have no interest in being slaves of M$. OEMs see this and are responding.

This year GNU/Linux will replace that other OS in a big way. Canonical says that started for them last year and they will double share this year. Meanwhile M$ increases prices while share decreases. They can do that for a while… and then the bottom will fall out. “8” is a demonstration of that.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Chrome OS Trumps “8”

  1. ssorbom says:

    Oh Wow…
    “[…]the ability to hack your own device is an intentional design feature of Google Chrome notebooks.”
    https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/cr-48-chrome-notebook-developer-information/how-to-boot-ubuntu-on-a-cr-48
    I guess they still take “Don’t be evil” very seriously.
    Instructions exist for Debian too.
    I was surprised to see it is so hacker friendly. Cool.

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