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Story: Review: Chromebook Pixel is too expensive (and too good) for Chrome OSTotal Replies: 7
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Mar 08, 2013
11:49 PM EDT
Google Pixel for Developers

Google Pixel: The Perfect Linux Laptop?

"When I ordered the Chromebook Pixel, I was confident I would not like it. $1299 for a laptop that is only a browser? For $1499 I can get a full Retina Pro running OSX, Windows 8, better battery life, more storage, more ram etc. The following post is the story of how my perspective changed, and how I use this machine as a power user / developer."

Mar 09, 2013
12:59 AM EDT
I am curious to see what happens when someone gets one of the major distros up and running on one of these Pixels.

Mar 09, 2013
2:56 PM EDT
The stoppers for me with Chromebooks, Google OS and an all-Google environment are this:

-- It seems hard to push code from the machine to my servers. You have to download from Google Docs, then upload to the server. That's a pain. I wouldn't even know how to do that in Google OS.

-- Google Docs really isn't a proper text editor. I'm just a baby hacker, but I like syntax highlighting, and Google Docs doesn't appear to have that (or to be concerned at all with features for those writing code).

-- Can you do things like watch Netflix and Hulu? I'm sure YouTube works, but what about those other services?

-- What about podcatching? How do you do that in Google OS? I'd miss gPodder.

The whole remote-desktop solution doesn't really work for me -- I want one machine running, not two.


Mar 11, 2013
9:05 AM EDT
Well, since Hulu doesn't really rely on anything but Flash, it should work just fine in Chrome OS. I heard that a special plugin was developed for Netflix, and it does work.

Mar 11, 2013
11:22 AM EDT
I believe that, Chrome OS will evolve to become an excellent contending OS capable of doing everything just like Chrome Browser evolved to become one of the leading if not the top leading browser.


Mar 11, 2013
12:06 PM EDT
I suppose one way to work on code in Chrome OS is to do everything in the browser out of Github. Is that something people are doing?

Mar 13, 2013
9:05 AM EDT
I've learned never to say never, but I have probably written my last piece of meaningful or shared code...and some would say I never wrote any in the first place...that's probably a fair statement. ;-))

But srsly, I find myself more and more using my laptop for accessing files and information for other people while in the field. I have fully accepted Google as my Internet Overlord and am completely immersed in the Googlesphere. Almost every aspect of my personal and professional life is tied into either gmail, Drive, hangouts (for face to face meetings) and Blogger. As a director of a non profit, I have 200 gigs of drive space for Reglue and our organization has embraced Google Calendar for our communications and scheduling needs.

I have a perfectly good latpop, a Lenovo core duo 2.8 gig with 4 gigs of RAM and a 250 gig hard drive. I cannot justify even the (for some) low price of a chromebook, although I am tempted.

My point is, for me, and I am guessing 70 percent of the public userspace, the Chromebook is everything we would probably need. Every now and then though,, I do demonstrate Linux-installed software like Audacity and Openshot, but mostly, my laptop is used to consume and access. I have a monster quad core at home for serious work.

Mar 13, 2013
11:44 AM EDT
Potentially, the only obstacle that Chrome OS has in its way is the various small engineering and business applications still being used in many engineering, construction, and manufacturing companies.

I would guess that users of such applications might be to around 5-10%.

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