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Google Chrome OS Netbooks to be $300 to $400

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Makers of Chrome OS netbooks won't have to pay for the OS, but the hardware still costs money.

Google, with Chrome OS, plans to move into the operating system in a bigger way that its Android software is taking over smartphones not called the iPhone. Speaking at the Atmosphere Cloud Computing forum, company CEO Eric Schmidt admitted that Google is rewriting some of its software so that it'll work with Chrome OS – so that Google can sooner start using its own software and not rely on tools from Microsoft or Apple.

Google figures that any challenges the company must go through to switch software will be experienced by other businesses planning on doing the same. In short, Google is using itself as a test case.

"At Google we're getting ready to deploy these essentially Android and Chrome-based devices that are in development, so we want, of course, to eat our own dogfood which is how we sit here and build things. … We found applications that were part of our business; operations, sales, accounting so forth… even at Google we have this problem. I expect everyone faces this problem."

Schmidt also answered questions relating to how much a Chrome OS-packing netbook will cost.

"It will be up to the manufacturers who do it, but the price points you should think about are the current netbook pricings which are 300 dollar, 400 dollar price points. … Those prices are completely determined, by the way, by the costs of the glass, the costs of the processor and things like that, but in our case Chrome OS and Android are free so there is no software tax associated with all of this."

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    lashabane , April 21, 2010 1:48 AM
    Quote:
    so we want, of course, to eat our own dogfood which is how we sit here and build things. …


    Schmidt, you're hilarious. Why can't there be more CEO's with a sense of humor like this?
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    cryogenic , April 21, 2010 2:41 AM
    I like the idea of Chrome OS, but my biggest fear is that overtime it will turn in a advertisement supported OS, even if this will not be the case at first. Google will want to eventually make money from Chrome and they are in the advertisement business, so 2 + 2 ...
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    duckmanx88 , April 21, 2010 2:02 AM
    zoemayneSo is the OS free!?


    "but in our case Chrome OS and Android are free so there is no software tax associated with all of this."

    FFS read the entire article.
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    lashabane , April 21, 2010 1:48 AM
    Quote:
    so we want, of course, to eat our own dogfood which is how we sit here and build things. …


    Schmidt, you're hilarious. Why can't there be more CEO's with a sense of humor like this?
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    duckmanx88 , April 21, 2010 2:02 AM
    zoemayneSo is the OS free!?


    "but in our case Chrome OS and Android are free so there is no software tax associated with all of this."

    FFS read the entire article.
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    soundefx , April 21, 2010 2:37 AM
    I can't wait to see how these things perform.
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    cryogenic , April 21, 2010 2:41 AM
    I like the idea of Chrome OS, but my biggest fear is that overtime it will turn in a advertisement supported OS, even if this will not be the case at first. Google will want to eventually make money from Chrome and they are in the advertisement business, so 2 + 2 ...
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    christopherknapp , April 21, 2010 2:51 AM
    I am really looking forward to this promising alternative. I currently use a Mac with OSX and Windows 7, a PC with Windows 7 and Ubuntu, and am looking to purchase a netbook in the next 6 months. This could possibly it.

    Provided the development stages of both in-house and third parties is up to par, I will not hesitate to pick one up. I could stand to lose my Macbook Pro.
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    ta152h , April 21, 2010 3:50 AM
    "Google, with Chrome OS, plans to move into the operating system in a bigger way that its Android software is taking over smartphones not called the iPhone. "

    This is a terrible use of the English language. I'm still not sure what it means, but in any case, it's very awkward, if it's even grammatically correct. I can't tell, I get dizzy every time I read it.
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    nekoangel , April 21, 2010 4:04 AM
    still waiting for Crome OS beta, the limited access alpha was a bore
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    dotaloc , April 21, 2010 4:33 AM
    CryogenicI like the idea of Chrome OS, but my biggest fear is that overtime it will turn in a advertisement supported OS...

    I don't think it will have to. Mainly, because the internet as it stands already is[heavily add-supported]. Chrome OS will just advocate Google's existing and future products. Unless I'm wrong, the OS will mostly be like tabbed browsing, encouraging the use of web-based apps...directly or indirectly facilitating more internet traffic and more google ad impressions/clicks/etc. *shrugs*
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    Kohlhagen , April 21, 2010 4:56 AM
    But can it run... you know what.
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    agnickolov , April 21, 2010 5:03 AM
    so we want, of course, to eat our own dogfood, which is how we sit here and build things. …

    Schmidt, you're hilarious. Why can't there be more CEO's with a sense of humor like this?


    While probably not the first to use it, Microsoft made that phrase popular a long time ago...
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    bucherm , April 21, 2010 5:40 AM
    400 clams for a netbook with a OS where most of the Apps are on the internet? Pass.
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    anamaniac , April 21, 2010 6:20 AM
    A10" netbook with Chrome OS and a VIA CPU for $200 is something I'd be interested in. :D 
    I'd likely only use a laptop for reading Tom's anyways.
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    mianmian , April 21, 2010 6:38 AM
    CryogenicI like the idea of Chrome OS, but my biggest fear is that overtime it will turn in a advertisement supported OS, even if this will not be the case at first. Google will want to eventually make money from Chrome and they are in the advertisement business, so 2 + 2 ...

    Maybe not. Google can collect money in other ways. Such like google account upgrade, payed services.. cloud computing fee.....
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 7:44 AM
    Damn I love free.
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    bonezy , April 21, 2010 8:50 AM
    Wait, current netbooks (with paid Windows) are already $300-400. Aren't the manufacturers just making an extra $50-$100 profit from selling Chrome netbooks at the same price point?
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    zodiacfml , April 21, 2010 10:08 AM
    bonezy, that's a very good point. maybe less from what you indicated but let's wait and see.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 21, 2010 10:30 AM
    Is there any particular reason someone would have to but a netbook with Chrome OS pre-installed?
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    ptroen , April 21, 2010 3:52 PM
    I'm sorry I don't see how this will be promising alternative. It is a alternative yes but comeon you know it will be ad ridden. And what about program compatibility? I don't know I think Reactos project should get more attention.
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