“Acer has seen booming sales of Chromebooks, including government procurement orders for educational purposes in many countries, and therefore has asked supply chains to increase production to reduce supply shortages, according to company CEO Jason Chen, adding that global Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase 70% on year.” It’s the netbook all over again. This time Wintel is cutting prices in a big way to try to keep up but the cat’s out of the bag and won’t return. The whole world, OEMs, developers, retailers and consumers know FLOSS works for them and even businesses are buying up Chromebooks. Add this to the tsunami of smartphones and global growth of FLOSS on */Linux looks to be huge.
Think 0.2% of installed base is nothing? Consider that happened in about a year. If there are 1.5billion PCs in the world that comes to 3million units in one year. Will cutting the price of Wintel stop that from doubling this year? I doubt it. While the low price of Chromebooks is appealing, the reliability and ease of use are also important. Further, Chromebooks also have room to drop in price. The most popular notebook on Amazon.com is the Acer 720 Chromebook which was just reduced in price to $179. Can Wintel cut its prices in time to have any effect? I doubt it. Acer and others are maxed out now. By Christmas they will be breaking out.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.