How Chromebooks Are About to Totally Transform Laptop Design

These apps were supposed to be fast, simple, and secure. But because Google couldn’t control Windows, it really couldn’t guarantee any of that. Boot times really drove them crazy. “Computers used to take, like, minutes to boot up,” says Caesar Sengupta, one of the original leaders of the Chromebook project. Tired of this unacceptable offense, a few people on the team started hacking around on an old netbook in the office, taking out whatever didn’t make sense—like the fact that Windows still checked for a floppy disk every time it turned on. Without even trying that hard, the team hacked together a Linux-based setup that went from off to online in ten seconds flat. Suddenly Google was in the OS business.


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