Throughout this year, market research news has been quite dreary for PCs and PC equipment makers. But, as we've reported, sales of new-generation Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS platform have reportedly been rising. School systems and businesses have been buying the devices, and manufacturers including HP and Acer have signed on to produce Chromebooks.

Suddenly, though, there are debates going on online about whether these devices make sense, and some writers are even questioning whether they really are selling well. If you've been considering getting a Chromebook, it's worth tuning into the hubbub.

There are of course, conflicting reports, and year end research numbers may settle this debate. As reported by Bloomberg a few months ago, based on market research from NPD, Chromebooks had grabbed 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300 earlier this year, making them a fast growing subset of the PC industry.

And, last but not least, several OStatic readers have written in saying that they want to purchase Chromebooks simply to put their favorite Linux distros on the devices. Are you a happy Chromebook user? If so, tell us why.
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