This language is insane. This should not be considered generous in any way by a tech journalist.
Windows XP, 12 years.
Windows 7, 10 years with free migration to Windows 10.
Neither are a posion pill to the hardware itself. Desktops/Laptops of the last decade are still remarkably capable devices today for most light workloads. Linux provides a whole other world of possibilities as well.
Anyway, the sketchy part of this is that it's referring to time of (initial) release, not time of purchase. These things continue to be sold well after initial release. When that was is also not something most users are aware of or care about. Arbitrarily losing a few years of support because you unknowingly picked the wrong model stinks.
That is exactly the situation that we are in. Like your Chromebook, this one is still perfect for its purpose and would have continued to be for years if not for this crap.
They should be forced to put the EOL date on the packaging and on the hardware. I'm sure the average buyer is not even aware of it.
It’s the first Samsung Chromebook (iirc 2nd Chromebook ever), one of the last ARM ones. Perhaps they are keeping it alive because it’s an ARM.
Regardless, I put it in developer mode and used it with straight Linux (although the sd card borked recently and I haven’t set a new one up yet)