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Blue Skies Thread, Chrome will bring about the ICT revolution in schools in General; Samsung is refreshing the Series 5 Chromebook, releasing the Chromebox in Q2 « Engadget We'll likely never know how many ...
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    Samsung is refreshing the Series 5 Chromebook, releasing the Chromebox in Q2 « Engadget

    We'll likely never know how many Chromebooks Samsung has sold, but we're guessing it's not a terribly impressive figure. No matter. Sammy is refreshing its first-gen Series 5 with a new model, along with that Chromebox Google first teased last spring. Starting with the Chromebook, it trades its slick cover for something muted, with more discreet logo placement, though that matte, 12.1-inch, 300-nit display has made a reappearance. On the inside, meanwhile, it steps up from Atom to Celeron, though it still has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. Look for it sometime in the second quarter with some familiar pricing: $399 for the WiFi-only version, and $449 for the 3G model with pay-as-you-go data from Verizon.

    As for the Chromebox, Samsung is still staying mum on specs, though the company did tell us it comes with a wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo. It also has a handful of ports, including five USB 2.0 sockets, DVI, DisplayPort and a headphone jack. All that'll run you around $400 when it lands sometime in the second quarter. To be honest, it's difficult to imagine consumers choosing this over a Mac mini or HTPC, though Samsung makes a shrewd point when it says this might find a home in K-12 computer labs, where the cost per student would be low and the systems would consume little space. Then again, the same could be said of laptops like this, no?

    Update: The Chromebox, too, has a dual-core Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage -- just like the Chromebook.

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    With the new window manager in ChromeOS 19, it now looks like a hybrid of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7.

    A New Window Manager for Chrome OS
    Chromebook users who install the latest Dev channel release of Chrome OS will be surprised to notice that Chrome OS looks more like a desktop operating system.

    Google has been working on a new window manager called Aura that brings many features of a desktop OS. Chrome OS now has a desktop, a taskbar, apps are placed on the desktop, there's support for wallpapers and overlapping windows.

    According to Chrome's engineers, Aura is a hardware-accelerated "user interface framework for Chrome UI" that offers "rich visuals, large-scale animated transitions and effects that can be produced only with the assistance of hardware acceleration". Aura is cross-platform and should "provide the foundation of a flexible windowing system and shell for Chrome and ChromeOS on a variety of form factors". (Source)





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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    With the new window manager in ChromeOS 19, it now looks like a hybrid of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7.
    Oh I love this, wasn't the original intent of chrome OS that the browser be the interface and all those 'complex' icons and windows would be gone forever. Now they are cloning standard OS UIs. Obviously the browser is face of the future... unless it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    With the new window manager in ChromeOS 19, it now looks like a hybrid of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7.
    Actually looks more like my gnome3 desktop with a transparent panel.
    I guess the icons are just links to urls.

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    So basically it's now got (or getting) a desktop, 3D effects with a 4 letter name beg and offline files support (?)

    Even the 3D effects have a similar name (Aura, Aero hmmm!)

    Sounds a bit like another OS I know
    Last edited by gshaw; 10th April 2012 at 10:10 AM.

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    Hexxeh Is Working On Chromium OS For Raspberry Pi
    Liam McLoughlin aka Hexxeh who maintains Vanilla and Lime builds is trying to run Chromium OS on everybody's favorite Raspberry Pi computer.

    Hexxeh has got one and he is working on porting Chromium OS on Raspberry Pi. (Source)

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    Here are the specs of Samsung's forthcoming Chromebox...

    Model: XE300M22-A01
    Price: $330 (~£210)
    Intel Celeron Dual-Core B840 1.9GHz Processor
    4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1,333MHz RAM
    16GB Solid State Drive
    802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN and Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth 3.0
    Six USB ports
    1 microphone/headphone jack combo, DVI-I, 2 x Display Ports
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    WxHxD: 19.3 x 3.3 x 19.3 cm (7.6 x 1.3 x 7.6 inches)





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    The chromebox i can see huge benefits for our common areas around school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.81 View Post
    The chromebox i can see huge benefits for our common areas around school.
    I can see them having their uses in certain areas as kiosks, and suchlike.

    However, I can't imagine replacing our current classroom sets of computers with classroom sets of chromeboxes of any kind. And if sales don't take off, I also can't imagine that they'll continue to be made.

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    Samsung's new ChromeBox and Book are now officially available to buy in the UK, although Amazon, John Lewis and PC World haven't bothered updating their websites yet.

    Source: http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/201...s-journey.html




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    The Register have posted a review of Samsung's Chromebox. They hated it!

    I tried a bit of gaming and Cut the Rope reported it was a slow PC – and this is one of Chrome store’s featured apps. Go to the Picasa site and it tells you the computer is incompatible. You need to get to it from the Picasa web albums log-in page instead, which wasn’t entirely obvious either. The function keys aren’t reliable – screen dimming never worked – it either does nothing or kills the brightness completely, so you have to use the display controls to brighten it again.













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    I think the subject of the thread should have been "Will Chrome will bring about the ICT revolution in schools?". In short, here are several challenges Google will have:

    - Renting devices will always cost more longterm than purchasing from the beginning, otherwise what's in it for the company providing the lease?

    - Data Protection - Where will the data be stored? Who owns it? Who can access it? How will backups be managed? Too many questions with no definitive answers.

    - Availability - Typically the internet connection to your home, your business or school is the slowest link in the chain. Many establishments have invested in 100/1000Mbps switches, yet everything Google would be expected to travel down a 10Mbps internet link or less for most users/establishments. This is the biggest issue and it'll take decades in the UK to have 100Mbps+ as a mainstream internet speed.

    - Compatibility - Many products are starting to become web based, but there are still many that won't be. There are also products which are Microsoft only and MIS applications amongst others are good examples of this. There are also issues related to web standards - Flash and HTML5 is a good example. There isn't a one size fits all unfortunately, as HTML5 as a standard still isn't fully ratified.

    Managing multiple systems/platforms is definitely more costly and time consuming. Many schools have started purchasing iPads for use within their Windows domains. It isn't always straight forward and although the iPad has strengths, it has lots of weaknesses too. I suspect Google will have the same/similar problems. They're trying to tap into Microsoft's market and it won't be easy.

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    New ChromeOS released today (v21.0.1183.0) with a slightly different look. Dog not included.

    One theme we hear repeatedly from Chrome OS users is how much they enjoy the speed and simplicity of their Chromebooks. With this week’s stable release of Chrome OS, we’ve redesigned the apps list experience to make it easier to access your favorite apps and websites.

    Notably, we made the apps list much more compact, so you can access your apps without interrupting your browsing experience. We also added a search box at the top of the apps list, which you can use like an omnibox to search the web, specific websites, or the apps on your computer.

    This week’s stable release also includes visual improvements such as a redesigned Cloud Print dialog and the ability to add custom wallpaper (for example, a picture of your cute little morkie). You can now also save files directly to Google Drive, so you can access files later from any device, including Drive on iOS or Android. Under the hood, we’ve added audio support for USB and HDMI, additional sandboxing security features, and many more bug fixes. This is all part of our goal to make sure your Chromebook and Chromebox get better over time. (Source)

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