Chrome OS Makes it Mainstream

Chrome OS was a great idea from Google but besides a few small issues, it has not been mainstream. That may be about to change. An FCC (US Federal Communications Commission) registration for “something” from Sony has been in the works for several months. It lacks a key for M$’s stuff, so it may be a Chromebook.

The specs include a 31 WH battery and a T25 processor (label on the underside) which is an ARM processor. If so, this could be the first Chromebook on ARM, from SONY and made by FoxConn, so it’s mainstream stuff.

2012 is shaping up to be a great year. One of my predictions is that ARM and */Linux will intrude into the areas of the Wintel monopoly and this product is just one example of several we have seen.

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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12 Responses to Chrome OS Makes it Mainstream

  1. aardvark says:

    Well, what would you expect an open source community lead to use? She’s paid to put up with the hassle. Intel has established her very group as a means of eking out extra cash from the open source community. (Or rather, the big businesses that resell FOSS to corporations and government organisations. There’s no money in the actual community itself.)

    Isn’t it a little disingenuous to represent an entire company via a single person? As “facts” go, that one is pretty tarnished.

    And no admission that you misquoted the $35 price, I see.

  2. aardvark wrote, “the Libre one because no sane business would touch it”.

    Facts not in evidence…

    You mean Intel is not sane?
    “I have been using LibreOffice from day one for presentations at conferences and for data analysis,” said Dawn Foster, open source community lead at Intel. “Our engineers have worked with the LibreOffice codebase to optimise it for Intel hardware. Adding it to the AppUpSM Center is an obvious extension, and will provide an exciting feature for all Ultrabook users.”

    see Computerworld – Intel starts distributing open source LibreOffice

    While I don’t like some of Intel’s business practices and I think their processors consume too much power and are too costly, I believe they are quite sane.

  3. aardvark says:

    Or alternatively you could accept the price quoted, Mr Pogson, which is $35. I struggle to think of a single reason why a household would want to use Access, and even Publisher is a little out there. Outlook Express is a free download; again, a household really wouldn’t use the full-blown Outlook.

    It is not a product aimed at businesses. Neither is Libre Office, as far as I can see; the M$ product because there is a slightly more expensive, but far more fully-featured, version available, and the Libre one because no sane business (outside an IT shop, I wish to admit) would touch it.

    On the home front, it’s getting down to nickel-and-diming, isn’t it? $35 would be cheap for a month’s cable subscription. For a proper office suite that will last you for as long as your computer (say, three years minimum), it’s absurdly good value.

  4. Oops! No Outlook, Access or Publisher… No business would use that I expect. It’s also just for households. There’s probably a EULA that mentions that. Even at $50 per a household might prefer LibreOffice at $0.

  5. ch says:

    Regarding Office prices, I suggest you look here:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/office-2010-which-suite-is-right-for-you-FX101825640.aspx

    Not counting the Starter edition, prices start at ~$150 for 3 PCs, yes, that’s $50 per PC.

    And there are all other kinds of offers: I got MSO Pro for €35 with the “Home use” program. And big organisations get deep volume discounts, there are special offers for education, …

  6. Of course individuals can buy M$’s office suite for less, but not that much less and the average price must be somewhere between their lowest price and the highest. If you use the lowest price you come to the immediate contradiction that more licences for the office suite are sold than PCs, but that is not happening. Large enterprises that use a lot of databasery will buy the “professional” thing. Very few consumers will. Ask M$ to reveal their product mix. I think they are ashamed to do that and there is no incentive for them to do that. I am free to assume any value I want. You can too. Where is your calculation?

  7. Phenom says:

    Pogson, another comment down the drain. Please bring it out.

  8. Phenom says:

    Pogson, you sady mistaken if you think that all Office copies cost $350 per user.

    Example: MAPS offers many things, among which 10 Office licenses for approximateely $400. Big companies sometimes subscribe to software, or use volume licensing. Price there is definitely not $350 / user.

    At the end, there are much more legal Office licenses on the loose that you can even count. And don’t get me started on illegal copies, where users prefer to use cracks, risking malware from these cracks, but decide not to use Open/LibreOffice. Go figure.

  9. I knew people who won’t buy anything if it’s not SONY. I bought SONY once and returned the product… One pays a lot for the name and one loves them or hates them. A lot of people do not use M$’s office suite. About $360 million “PC”s are sold annually and few of them have M$’s office suite on them.

    SONY sells Vaios without that office suite. M$’s “business” division largely responsible for selling the office suite had $6 billion in revenue last quarter but, divided by the price of their office suite, $350 per user, represents only 17 million copies. That’s about 1/4 of PCs being produced. Folks might keep copies for the next PC. I don’t know what the EULA says…

  10. Phenom says:

    Pogson, you highly overestimate Sony’s fans. No one is going to buy a Vayo, which can’t run Microsoft Office. Which, comes with Vayo for free, being ad-supported.

  11. SONY is a very conservative OEM. If they are going as far as FCC certification, they are serious about Chrome OS. Just as Apple has fans, so does SONY. If they produce a product it will sell. One of the problems that Chrome OS has had was being tied to x86 (price, power consumption). An ARMed product will have much better price/performance.

  12. ch says:

    “Chrome OS was a great idea”

    Chuckle. Did you ever hear “If it’s stupid and it works, it isn’t stupid” ? It seems to me that the reverse is true, too: If it’s a great idea and it doesn’t work, it’s not a great idea.

    So what do we know?
    a) ChromeOS is currently far from being mainstream.
    b) Sony might release something in the future which might use ChromeOS and it might find enough buyers that it might be considered mainstream.

    From this you conclude: “Chrome OS Makes it Mainstream” ?

    And you briskly continue: “One of my predictions is that ARM and */Linux will intrude into the areas of the Wintel monopoly and this product is just one example of several we have seen.”

    Never mind that as of now, there _is_ _no_ product, and therefore none of us has actually _seen_ “it”:
    Where is the QA-for-IT-predictions(TM) when we need it?

    (And yes, the QA-for-IT-predictions(TM) is really a good idea. You should implement it.)

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