A couple weeks ago I wrote about my experience using the Cr-48 for a week. The conclusion was that the Cr-48 was not ready for John the programmer, but could potentially be the main platform for John the student. This wasn't because of ChromeOS, but it was due to the lack of third party software for developers, namely an integrated development environment. In my search for a cloud IDE I stumbled across Mozilla Skywriter (formally known as Bespin), Kodingen, and Cloud9IDE. Although Kodingen seems to be the most advanced, its not opensource. Skywriter is pretty freaking awesome, and I am super excited that Skywriter and Cloud9IDE have teamed up to bring coding to the cloud.
Earlier today @cloud9ide announced a closed beta, with Cr-48 users having preference. I immediately took advantage of the opportunity and signed up. An hour later, my account was approved and I was coding on the cloud.
This project looks very promising, and I look forward to watching the continual development of Cloud9IDE. Keep up the good work guys.