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Replying to my own post but in retrospect I needed to expand.

While I do have a Microsoft account from long ago, I never sign into it anymore.

Chrome OS (chrombooks): this is an interesting OS which probably provides all the 'power' most computer users need. It is constantly being extended in utility; even moving into the linux realm. Cheap computer power. I initially rejected it because the need for constant internet connection -- something I can't be guaranteed where I live.

But committing to Chrome OS also means you fall under complete OS control of one company. A very big company that says they will do good. But......

Anyone using Chrome OS here? I don't recall any messages.

I wasn't able to get it running in a virtual machine (last I looked there were proprietary ways to do this, but not worth the money to just 'play' for me).

I suppose if there was a way to lock it down, it would be an interesting option for most. If it moves into the 'open' space as Android has perhaps one avoids everything calling back to the mothership? Again, I'm mostly speculating from ignorance as I've not followed this arena at all.

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