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I thought the same until a couple coworkers and I got chromeboxes and google io. I don't code or even download images from my camera on it but it lives plugged into a monitor in the living room and the statelessness, fast boot and auto updates make it the perfect "forget about it until i need it for netflix or surfing the web" pc.

The window manager is also beautiful and I am hoping the os and ecosystem develop into something I can use for real work.

Sure. There are all sorts of niche applications where it would be great. I bet as public computers in hotel lobbies or similar they'd be great too.

That wasn't the intended purpose though. These were supposed to be computers for all the people for whom windows is too much computer.

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