“In less than three months Chromebook went from zero to at least 5% of all Acer’s US shipments. That’s incredible.”
No, it’s not incredible. What’s incredible is that the last such challenge to Wintel, the GNU/Linux netbook, was allowed to die by the same OEMs who are finally getting down to business instead of remaining slaves to M$.
Expect, by 2014, */Linux on anything will be perfectly routine on retail shelves. It’s about time. I guess it took the Wintel-only guys to see the Android/Linux guys having fun on ARM without any help from M$ to convince OEMs that they were grown-ups and could actually sell the hardware they make any way they want to distinguish themselves from competition or to meet consumers’ expectations on price. Retailers, step up.