For those of you who haven’t applied for a test ride on a Google Chrome Cr-48 notebook computer, it seems that applications are still being accepted. I also do not know the accuracy of the web site that claims to be keeping track of how many Cr-48 notebooks have shipped, but the number seems to have stopped at 15,024 units delivered with another 40 still in transit. One could attribute the holidays as to why shipments have ceased.

Or is there another reason?

Over at Engadget they have posted an article about how the Cr-48 has been hacked:

Google built the Cr-48 with hacking in mind, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing other operating systems crop up. Still, it’s fun to watch, and enterprising hackers have got most of the usual suspects up and running: first Ubuntu, and now Mac OS X and Windows. It sounds like a lot of work, and we pledged that 2011 was going to be the year we sat on our asses and didn’t do anything hard, but you’re welcome to give it a shot! Just hit up those source links below for instructions, and follow after the break for video of OS X in action.

I believe that Google was fully aware that their system would be exploited by some who received the freebie. One need not be a Rhodes scholar in order to install an alternative operating system on the Cr-48. But what is unfortunate is that these hacked machines are now useless in developing the Chrome operating system, since they provide no information to Google as to glitches and bugs that need fixing.

But there is another unfortunate consequence that may stall the delivery of an estimated 60,000 systems. Google may have to slow down the process and refine who gets one of the Cr-48 Chrome operating systems. Between people trying to sell the systems on e-Bay, hacking the units with other operating systems, Google may need to fine tune the application process.

I have been using the Cr-48 every day and it has not been without some issues, I am still experiencing slow performance on some web sites, but it is sporadic. Last week I took the Cr-48 along with me and I tried the unit on two public networks. It found both networks and worked very well.

The journey continues and I will continue and enjoying the Cr-48. I am looking forward to when Google issues updates for the Chrome OS that hopefully will help with slow page loading I am having for s

Sign-up for Google Chrome Cr-48 pilot program bere

Google Chrome Cr-48 shipment and delivery site information

Source – Engadget