What all of the criticism will ultimately mean for Chrome OS, the web apps store, and Google itself remains to be seen, though I do think that Buchheit made a really good point in that Google could eventually merge some Chrome OS features into Android. As to Stallman’s privacy concerns, they extend beyond Chrome OS (though Google model here does put them front and center). It’s definitely too early judge the merit of those concerns, but I do expect that they’ll show up in court cases and headlines eventually with an uncertain ultimate outcome.
What’s your opinion? Is Chrome OS pointless in today’s world? Does it encourage “careless computing” and put user privacy at risk? Are you considering buying a Chrome OS netbook next year? Give us your input in the comments.