After pulling some strings, I got my hands on a netbook loaded with the ChromeOS!
All I have to say is that the future is looking BRIGHTER THAN EVER! From the 'Powered Off' state to fully booted, all processes running and connected to the internet [AND BROWSING] in UNDER 10 seconds consistently. The potential of cloud computing is truly remarkable, and if you have no idea what I am talking about right now, you will within a few months...
Now for the downside: The ChromeOS is at its infancy stage. This is literally step 1, and it's a wobbly step 1 at that. But, before one learns to walk you must crawl. My advice: Let ChromeOS grow up a little bit before buying in to 'the system'.
Overall, the progression of cloud computing and a cloud-based OS is truly exciting and LONG overdue!