"The only people I know who own Chromebooks received them for
free, from Google. In my case, I have two, both free. But despite
the very small-bore hole Chromebooks have made in the laptop
market, in the midst of a major project shakedown at Google
headquarters, Chromebooks are, apparently, going to be around for a
while, and the Chrome OS project has the CEO's support.
"The Register asked a Google product manager about where Chrome
OS stands, and, to summarize, the answer is that Google doesn't
need to win in the retail sector yet, or maybe not any time soon,
because they're focused on the education field first, then retail
and enterprise sectors next. Schools in 41 states are trying out
Chromebooks, and three state education systems are buying 27,000
Chrome OS devices over the next three years, according to Caesar
Sengupta, the product manager quoted by The Register."