The article has this comment:
"Example PCWorld have ACER 14 CB3-431 on sale for £179 its Auto EOS is June 2021 - so less than 2 years. Its also available on Amazon for the same price, neither highlight short support life, though at least on Amazon you can see its been for sale for more than three years, but again if you did not know of the Auto Update expiry you would be in the dark."
Can this product be legally sold in Europe and would someone have a warranty claim against it for lack of a maintenance for a critical security flaw?
A 10 year old windows computer still receives updates. As long as the OS is updated.
In theory, you can run chromiumOS directly if you disable signing and live with the warning beeps.. Perhaps it can be more easily done via neverware's builds, but I'm sure how realistic that is without installing PC style bios and running like a normal PC testing chromeOs, where that is possible.
Manufacturers of phones really seem to have set expectations so low for phones that it is uneconomic to make a product in a form with a history of greener expectations.
I'll check if I can flash a different OS on mine and make it last a while longer and remain secure.
I started using Gallium after ChromeOS updates had slowed down my Chromebook enough to be pretty much unusable. It gave me an extra year or so of happiness with my chromebook before I moved on. But remembering how much I liked Linux on my laptop, and didn't want to get another chromebook I would have to drop ChromeOS from within a few years, I ended up back at a Dell laptop with Ubuntu on it.