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I am wondering how the chromebooks will handle their version control? will the manufacturers have any control over it? if so, I think the product is doomed to Android's style of version fragmentation. For example, a lot of Android phones are still running version 2.1 and 2.2, even though 2.3.4 is already out... but the carriers haven't upgrade their users phones yet.

I think chromebook has to avoid this by doing wi-fi upgrades FROM google... not from Acer/Samsung or Verizon. It has be direct from google with no interference.
 

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I am in complete agreement. I found the that on my Archos 101 tablet that there were many bugs, and I found that the OS itself was rather slow. I still love it, but there will always be some issues. I think it would be a good idea though (and this is on top of what you said about upgrades) if Google posted the OS updates directly through google.com
 

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if Google posted the OS updates directly through google.com
Cr-48 users have control over whether we choose the stable, beta or development branch of the ChromeOS. We also have control over whether we choose to jailbreak the computer and use a USB stick or other dual-boot scheme. However, we do not have control over which version of ChromeOS runs on the Cr-48. Google updates the OS automatically.
 

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I am wondering how the chromebooks will handle their version control? will the manufacturers have any control over it? if so, I think the product is doomed to Android's style of version fragmentation. For example, a lot of Android phones are still running version 2.1 and 2.2, even though 2.3.4 is already out... but the carriers haven't upgrade their users phones yet.

I think chromebook has to avoid this by doing wi-fi upgrades FROM google... not from Acer/Samsung or Verizon. It has be direct from google with no interference.
That's the advantage with Chrome. Google updates the system automatically. All apps work on the browser so there should never be an fragmentation at all. For people with Chrome OS installed themselves (not pre-installed from a Google partner) the same should be true.
 
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