Huge Chromebook sales growth. Will 2019 be the year of the Linux desktop?

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The Chromebook platform goes from strength to strength. Market researchers say they're selling faster than ever, predicting 11 million sales (in... err... 2019).

And it's not just consumers buying them. Some enterprises are choosing to move most of their Windows users to Chrome OS -- motivated by the XP end-of-life and cost savings.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the wisdom of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in the enterprise.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols thinks it's time for a colorful metaphor:

Chromebooks are selling out faster than Boston Red Sox baseball tickets. ... ABI Research agrees:

"An estimated 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013. [We] forecast an increase of annual growth rate to 28 percent and...11 million shipments in 2019." ... Chromebooks are equally clearly making major gains against Windows...at the low end. ... Chromebooks have the potential to change the...low-end PC market [where] cost, connectivity, and greater reliance on cloud services are the driving growth forces.  MORE

 

But ABI's Jeff Orr cuts to the chase:

Google’s Chromebook offers a lower-cost computing option, but will its reliance on web-based services and incompatibility with other operating systems relegate it to the category of unsustainable fad?  MORE

 

What about Chromebooks in the enterprise? Sooraj Shah reports this timely British local government development:

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is to roll out Google Chromebooks as it shifts away from Window XP. ... The council claims it will save over [$333,000]...and it has estimated a further [$333,000] worth of savings on electricity.

The council chose Samsung 303Cs...because of its "impressive battery life and portability"...2,000 Chromebooks for employees and 500 Chromeboxes for reception desks and shared work areas. ... The Chromebook option was the cheapest - with a major factor being Microsoft's licensing costs.  MORE

 

Meanwhile, Ben Lloyd and Stephen Glasskeys question the wisdom:

[Here's] some level-headed commentary on the "Chromebooks in enterprise" hype and rightly highlights some of the major problems with the current platform for businesses. ... Any one of the five problems highlighted in the article are showstoppers.

The headline cost saving of the hardware masks several major costs that businesses will incur if they decide to go down the Chromebook route.  MORE

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