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No? More like looking at 2014 Golf Cart and wondering why its as heavy as 2014 Honda. The golf cart does less. Why so heavy?
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(golf carts aren't heavy. there is no good comparison here.)
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No? More like looking at 2014 Golf Cart and wondering why its as heavy as 2014 Honda. The golf cart does less. Why so heavy?
Except the less is due to software, not hardware.

How much does the weight of an O/S add to a computer?
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:16 PM
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Except the less is due to software, not hardware.

How much does the weight of an O/S add to a computer?
A few attograms, I would guess.

http://thenextweb.com/shareables/201...oks-seriously/

But I think the hardware to run the underlying OS would be the big killer.
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Except the less is due to software, not hardware.

How much does the weight of an O/S add to a computer?
Why do I need as much/as good hardware to run such a slimmed-down OS? I guess that is my point. Should be less tax on the battery -> smaller battery. No or very little storage -> less weight. No GPU, no ethernet adapter, no fans, tiny heat sinks. Maybe I am over simplifying but it seems like they could be better.

I just think these products on the market now are to test demand for an unproven OS. If they were flying off shelves, I think you would see an ultrabook-sized Chromebook pretty quickly.
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Why do I need as much/as good hardware to run such a slimmed-down OS? I guess that is my point. Should be less tax on the battery -> smaller battery.
Biggest drain is the screen, plus people want devices that last a long time. I think the latest ones are in the 8 hours of battery life.

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No or very little storage -> less weight. No GPU, no ethernet adapter, no fans, tiny heat sinks. Maybe I am over simplifying but it seems like they could be better.
most of that is minimal weight, and there may be an ethernet element on the board - just not an adapter.
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I know it is a slimmed down OS, but that doesn't change a whole lot in many aspects. If you have laptop running Ubuntu vs a laptop running Xubuntu (as slimmed down version) I don't think you are going to see much, if any, better battery life out of the Xubuntu laptop. This is because of the battery is being used by screen and backlight and just generally keeping the processor engaged watching for key presses/mouse movement/etc.

I think for ChromeOS the point of slimming down isn't necessarily to run on lower spec hardware, but to reduce maintenance for large organizations. They don't have to make sure various hardware works, they don't have to clean up viruses, they don't have to backup all the files.

Compared to any other $250 laptop out there, I'd rather have a Chromebook because you know it is going to work properly. With other $250 laptops, you have to worry about lack of driver support, cheap hardware, and low specs (coupled to non-optimized software).

Also, My CR-48 Chromebook had a large battery that allowed it to run for 8-10 hours. They was the reason it was heavier and thicker. I can't imagine how large a Windows laptop would have to be to get 8-10 hours out of it.
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Chromebook is in the back of my mind as something I might get into. I've already sold my soul to the Goog, so I'm tied in to all those services. Only potential drawback I see is that I currently do most of my lesson-planning in LibreOffice, but it seems that Google Docs is coming close to that level in the features that would matter to me.
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I had a CR-48 but I broke it. Probably why I don't want to pay for one. I liked it better than most of the models I see out there.
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When I was looking for my latest notebook (Toshiba Portege),I started my search with Chromebooks because of my love for the CR-48 but nothing could hold a candle to it. Also, hard drive options were 16gb ssd or 320gb spinning drive.
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