“June 18, 2013, 3:07 AM â€” Google’s Chromebook laptop will be carried by over 6,600 stores around the world, as the company signs on more retailers.
Starting Monday, Walmart is offering an Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State Drive, in about 2,800 stores across the U.S. for US$199, while from this weekend, Staples will offer Chromebooks from Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Electronics in its over 1,500 stores in the country.”
From Google’s blog, there’s even more information: “In the 10 other markets worldwide where Chromebooks are sold, availability in national retailers continues to expand. In addition to Dixons in the UK, now 116 Tesco stores are selling Chromebooks, as well as all Media Markt and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden. In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well. Weâ€™re working hard to bring Chromebooks to even more countries later this year.”
Google and IDC have also pumped the educational industry for widespread use touting low cost of ownership, improved uptime and ease of maintenance as advantages. So, Google is not only harvesting in the retail channel, they have already planted next year’s crop.
There it is, GNU/Linux will be in the face of consumers on retail shelves globally, a great OS at a reasonable price on good hardware. I predict this move will be a huge boost to GNU/Linux market share of desktops. Look out, Canonical. A globally recognized brand with real salesmen, a retail channel much larger than yours and a GNU/Linux product in a pretty package will be the atomic bomb of the OS wars in 2013. Wintel, too, will be kicked when it is down. Too bad, eh? Not for consumers. For the first time since the 1980s there will be choice on retail shelves. Price/performance reign.