Google Pumps The Retail Channel For Chromebooks

“June 18, 2013, 3:07 AM — 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.”

see Google adds more retailers for Chromebook

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. We’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.

About Robert Pogson

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10 Responses to Google Pumps The Retail Channel For Chromebooks

  1. bw wrote, “It will not be much of a trick to simply not have any Linux (or Apple) merchandise in the Microsoft department as outlined in the article.”

    Yes, it will be great for mainstream shopper not to have to scan through Wintel stuff. Those will be in ghettos off to the side where they may belong and consumers can find */Linux etc. on retail shelves right in the major retail chains.

    See the picture in Mercury News. The “Microsoft store” is little more than a wall-display way off to the side. It will be a lonely place M$’s products go to die.

  2. “So, Chrome OS today is based on Ubuntu? Well, no… it’s not. The first builds of Chrome OS had Ubuntu as its foundation, but it’s changed over the years. In February 2010, Chrome OS started switching its foundation Linux distribution from Ubuntu to the older, and more obscure, Gentoo Linux.

    This was done, as recorded in a Chromium OS developer e-mail list discussion, because “the need to support board specific builds and improve our tools has become more urgent. In order to get there more quickly we’ve been investigating several different build tools. We found that the Portage build tools suit our needs well and we will be transitioning 100% within the next week.””

    see The secret origins of Google’s Chrome OS

    Indeed, portage is part of it

  3. lpbbear says:

    Finding facts is so easy when you actually know how to use a computer. Google….try it sometime. Give Bing the heave ho.

  4. bw says:

    Chromebooks are built with Gentoo Linux.

    What a dumb bunny you are! I looked it up on Google and I now know that:

    “Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has multiple layers of security, cloud storage, and the most popular Google products built-in. “

  5. dougman says:

    Chromebooks are built with Gentoo Linux.

  6. matchrocket says:

    “M$ is so scared of people getting real software that they are taking over parts of Best Buy:”

    You mean Microsoft has segregated itself to a corner of Best Buy. Hey, look at Microsoft. I think they’re trying to be Apple. Look at all that glitz. Must be expensive in there. Gee, if we don’t go in there we won’t run into any Microsoft crap. Thanks Microsoft. You just made avoiding you easier.

  7. Aieee a Ballhogg wrote, “it’s Linux but not quite Gnu/Linux”.

    It is in fact GNU/Linux, unlike Android/Linux which replaced a lot of GNU/GPL stuff with BSD stuff.

    Chrome OS uses:

    • glibc
    • ALSA
    • GRUB
    • Wayland
      “Wayland needs libxkbcommon for translating evdev keycodes to keysyms. There’s a couple of repos around, and we’re trying to consolidate the development, but for wayland you’ll need the repo from my git repository. For this you’ll need development packages for xproto,
      kbproto and libX11.”

    So, it may not be your typical Debian GNU/Linux but it certainly has GNU/Linux as a foundation.

  8. dougman says:

    Chromebooks solve all the M$ Windows issues that people talk about under their breath, updates itself, allows you to log onto corporate terminal servers, DO NOT get infected with viruses and can be restored/re-imaged in under 5-mins.

    For $200, you could outfit an entire office for $4K and not have to worry about IT for at least a year for twenty people.

    ChromeRDP is the paid app I use for remote work and it works nicely.

  9. bw says:


    I doubt that you will find any of this interesting, although I think that I might. It will not be much of a trick to simply not have any Linux (or Apple) merchandise in the Microsoft department as outlined in the article. Further, quite a few Best Buy minimum wagers will likely relish any increase in pay and the opportunity to play on a major league team like Microsoft. I bet these “quislings” will be grinning broadly.

    Remember the “Developers! Developers! Developers!” frenzy surround Steve Ballmer’s antics at those PDCs? It’s really fun to be the leader.

  10. Aieee a Ballhogg says:

    It’s a bold move and it’s Linux but not quite Gnu/Linux. The machines should be able to run regular Gnu/Linux though and come without the M$ tax.

    M$ is so scared of people getting real software that they are taking over parts of Best Buy:

    Best Buy will be stocked with people willing to turn quisling for a few dollars an hour and push M$ junk. It will be interesting to see what kind of tricks they pull to keep people from looking at or buying Linux at Best Buy.

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