Students put Google's Cr-48 laptops to the test

Computer is designed exclusively for cloud

Google delivered a truckload of free Cr-48 laptops to Astoria High School in Astoria, Ore., earlier this month.

As part of its Chrome operating system (OS) pilot program, Google sent a shipment of of free Cr-48 laptops to Astoria High School in Astoria, Ore., earlier this month. The schools was selected as one of several high schools in the U.S. to take part in the program.

For the schools that have been selected, every teacher and student will receive a free Chrome OS laptop. Google wants the recepients to integrate the laptop into their classroom, homework and personal lives, and provide user feedback that will be taken into consideration before the OS systems hit the public.

Chrome OS is Google's new browser-based operating system. The Cr-48 is a special test laptop designed specifically for the pilot program. It boots in ten seconds and connects to the Internet through either WiFi or 3G. It is designed for cloud computing exclusively because, while it has a small amount of internal storage for Web apps (16 GB), that storage is not meant to be accessible to typical end users.

The Chrome OS pilot program is open to individuals, businesses, schools, nonprofits and developers based in the United States. For more information and to apply for the pilot program, visit the Chrome OS pilot program Web site.

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Leila Meyer is a freelance technology writer based in British Columbia.

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