If things “sort out” in a technology area as fast as they come along, there will be less litter laying around. Such may be the case with ChromeOS.
I did a quick comparison the other evening between Mint (a compacted distro) and ChromeOS and found little difference on the surface. If you take Mint and make the ChomeOS home page in Chrome the home page in any browser that will run on Mint, the only real difference is that Mint actually works because all of it is there :-)
With insiders proclaiming death, I think it’s case closed. (Thanks for the link Greg)
Reminds me of snow removal. It comes, it gets all dirty, then it’s shoved aside.