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Here comes the Chromebooks

May 27, 2011, 20:13 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Next, none of these laptops are powerhouses. For processors they use the 1.66GHz dual-core Intel Atom Processor N570 and they come with 2-gigabytes of RAM. On the other hand, they're not trying to run Windows 7 or even Ubuntu Unity. They're running Chrome OS, which is little more than the latest Chrome Web browser with a bare-bones Linux foundation. You don't need much to run that.

"Each one also comes with a 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD). I've already heard people talking about how little that is. They're right. It's not much room at all. But, if you're focusing on that, you're missing the point. You're not installing software on these drives. Heck, if you use Google Docs for your documents and the still beta Google Music for your music library, you may not have much of anything to put on that SSD. The idea is to have just enough storage for anything you feel you must have in hand and for everything else to be on the cloud."

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