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If you happen to already be a Linux enthusiast, then likely you have been following any and all developments around the growth of Google's Chromebook with great interest.
Unlike Canonical's Ubuntu Linux, Google have succeeded, on a broad scale, in getting shelf space in the U.S. and Canadian retail 'brick and mortar' setting.
And, as witnessed over the past year, 2012, we have seen a series of OEMs making their first Chromebook SKUs. Samsung (now with several), Acer, Lenovo, and most recently Hewlett Packard all have entered the ring. It's a vote of 'confidence' for Chromebook in several respects:
- OEM certifiability and low return rates
- User Ease of Use, broad market segment appeal
- A system which is hard to break
- A system which is exceptionally secure (more so than either Windows or OS X)
- Low-cost price point barrier to entry for Consumers and Businesses alike
When a person can pick up a device, use it on demand, with relative ease and little thought, and little can go wrong, you have the essentials for a durable product which will become appliance-like--much like the Telephone, Microwave, and Television have become in our lives. We accept them. We use appliances matter of factly and don't give it a thought.