Views on recently launched Chromebook

Recently Acer launched a new Chromebook with fourth generation i3 processor. As per specifications it will come with 32 GB SSD and will have USB 3.0 port as well. All at a rate of 380$ which is around 23k INR as of writing this article.

Personally I’m not interested in tying myself to a closed sourced OS. I’ve been using Linux since 2007 and can’t move away from various nifty features I get due to either working on the command line or due to desktop environments like KDE and GNOME.

There are a few points which makes that Chromebook ideal for me –

  • It is affordable, in fact cheaper than most smartphones launching these days.
  • It can run Linux. This one’s rather important.
  • It has USB 3.0, a missing feature in most budget laptops which come with Windows or FreeDOS installed, so I can connect an external HDD for my data.
  • It has 32 GB internal storage. Currently on my home computer, I have a 128 GB Samsung SSD for OS. My Gentoo installation with GNOME requires about 10 GB. That leaves me with 12 GB data storage directly on the SSD.

I’ll see when this gets launched in India, and will try a demo at some showroom if possible. It’s highly likely that this is my first laptop.