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5 Reasons Chromebooks Win After Linux Netbooks Lost

Chromebooks are generating more and more buzz. Acer, Lenovo and Samsung already offer the low-cost, cloud-centric notebooks. And Hewlett-Packard could join the Chromebook party soon. So why might Chrome OS devices succeed where Linux netbooks ultimately failed?

Google CEO Larry Page recently praised the Chromebook’s progress. Over the past two weeks, The VAR Guy has been testing Samsung’s Chromebook. Simple. Reliable. Intuitive. Our resident blogger will publish a full review soon.

But in the meantime, he sees some clear reasons why Chromebooks will find a niche even while a distant cousin — Linux Netbooks — ultimately failed in the U.S. retail market. The scorecard…

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