The problem is already, before I even get to the meat of this letter, is that the netbook boom is already in full swing. Sure, tablet devices like the iPad aren't that bad, if you really pushed me to say it, and laptops are only popular because they have to be, but the netbook is surprisingly popular; in some cases outselling the high-specification fully fledged computers.
Eric Schmidt said that Chrome OS won't be out now for at least next year, so you won't even hit the Christmas market. You've already missed the Thanksgiving period, and as an Englishman even I know you American's go crazy for tech around that time.
Sure, you could hold off until next Christmas, but considering that the cloud-only operating system you have put your souls into (perhaps quite literally, knowing how 'evil' you all are) is already defunct with a shoddy concept to begin with, what's the point? You can drag a dead, flogged horse to water, but you can't drown it twice - to take the familiar saying and boil it into glue.
To make a point of order, if Chrome OS netbooks will cost between $300 and $450 as suggested a few months ago, I still see no incentive to buy one if, firstly it is limited to running Chrome OS only, and secondly if I can buy an ordinary netbook at a similar price and not more to only go and run the operating system of my choice.
Admittedly the web browser is arguably the most prominent application on any operating system or platform. Chrome OS would be ideal if you are simply planning on donning it to quick-and-easy browser-only users. But why would the consumer trade in their chunky laptop or slimline netbook running Windows XP or Ubuntu 10.10 for an operating system which above all else restricts your access?
I'm only saying this because I have love in my heart and I don't want to see bad things happen to good people. Sorry, scrap that - I can't pull off gratuitous niceties; anybody who knows me can vouch for this.