I’ve recently purchased a Chromebook. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I got a head start on it by installing Chromium Vanilla on a USB stick and booting it up on an old desktop at home.

Things went pretty well, with the exception that ChromeOS couldn’t recognize the and use the network card in my old HP Pavilion Slimline. Once I moved the computer to another location and connected an Ethernet cable, the system was ready to go.
There are a lot of new apps that can run on ChromeOS since the last time that I looked at it. Increasingly, there are applications that can be run when the computer is not online (which makes a Chromebook infinitely more useful). Right now, I’m testing JustWriteBlog, which allows you to type your blog while offline for posting when you connect to the internet later. This would not hurt when using spotty internet connections, like the Washington State Ferries (implemented by Boingo) which drops out somewhere towards the middle of the Puget Sound.
If you’re seeing this post, it worked.