Chromebooks: The New Thin CLient?

I have long been an advocate of GNU/Linux thin clients for efficient IT.“Her complaints have come down to zero ever since she switched to Chromebooks. So something is working right for her. So what does she do? Most of her computing is online. She checks her Facebook, all the time. She video chats with friends, she works on her office documents and spreadsheets. She watches Netflix and plays some games. She listens to music and does almost everything else that most of us do these days.
If these are also the things that you do, then you are a Chromebook user.”
The difficulty of setting up the terminal server(s) has held that technology up a bit and there is a bit of difficulty getting multimedia to work. Then along came the Chromebook. The Chromebook does it all for the ordinary user and just setting up an account with Google does the rest.

Just as M$ fought thin clients mightily a decade ago, M$ now has to fight Chromebooks or lose the client space in a big way. M$ used to lie that thin clients were slow and now they ship their own VDI-nonsense that sells licences all over the place. M$ now lies that Chromebooks are junk and spy on us. The fact is that M$ spies on its account holders and Chromebooks are snappy and easy to use.

See What are Chromebooks? And why you don't need Windows any more….

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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6 Responses to Chromebooks: The New Thin CLient?

  1. dougman says:

    Its ok Wolfie, when you see a Chromebook just close your eyes and stay in your narrow-minded world of M$.

  2. oiaohm says:,2817,2413773,00.asp was 12 months ago wolfgang.

    Chrome OS has been improving its off-line mode.

    wolfgang a lot can change in 12 months like chromebooks not requiring Internet access to login as it was found to be too much of a pain.

  3. wolfgang says:

    …offline mode…
    I wondered about that. man at store said no, had to have wifi to use. use google world to find out stories and find this,2817,2413773,00.asp story about lady who didn’t have good luck or much wifi. dougman looking more like oiaohm schafskopf and more.

  4. dougman says:

    Google offers Chromebook users offline mode.

    “It’s true: Chromebooks thrive on an active Internet connection. Although you have many ways to stay connected to the Internet, from tethering to tracking down free Wi-Fi.

    Chromebooks can now function offline, but you’ll need to set up offline access ahead of time.

    Google’s services offer offline support on Chrome OS, while Microsoft’s and Office Web Apps do not.”

  5. wolfgang says:

    …chromebook spy…

    is that same as scroogle?
    kids, big ones too, without internet used to play angry bird, now candy crush. have to get to wifi zone to get more lives though.
    on laptop can work on business files with office. plane get to coast long before need internet to report.

  6. dougman says:

    I was using my Chromebook as a thin client years ago.

    The issue that M$ draws about the Chromebook being worthless sans wireless, also affects them as well. If one does not have any internet, what can you do?

    Go ahead and give a Windows laptop to a kid with no internet, they will be whining in short order. LOL……

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