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Jolicloud Hits Beta, Challenges Chrome OS

Gordon Kelly


Jolicloud Hits Beta, Challenges Chrome OS

Chrome OS may have been getting all the headlines right now, but there is another intriguing browser based platform also under development and one which also looks considerably more evolved...

After a substantial development period 'Jolicloud' has finally launched its first public beta. Like Chrome OS, Jolicloud is also primarily browser based and weighs in at just 600MB with a netbook boot time of circa 15 seconds.

Unlikely Chrome OS, Jolicloud does also support an apps launcher however and desktop homescreen meaning it has slightly more of a hybrid approach to it than Google's radical vision. In fact, Intel's Mobilin project would be an equally good comparison while Adobe Air is also natively supported with the likes of Firefox, Skype, a Twitter Client and the VLC media player all preinstalled by default.

Those beginning to feel mildly curious should relish the news Jolicloud can be run directly from a memory stick meaning you don't need to format or partition your hard drive to take a look.

The final version of Jolicloud will surface in early 2010, likely beating Chrome OS to the market by a good six months. Yes you may be a cynic about Cloud computing, but it is impossible to deny the momentum is building...


via MAshable



December 13, 2009, 12:58 am

I'll never understand why anyone would want to trade in a proper OS with access to native applications, hundreds of gigs of on-board storage and a browser (or five) for the "cloud".


December 13, 2009, 3:21 pm

Because if implemented properly it will just work. Imagine never having to update software, not having to re-install your OS. Would not it be good if you could use any computer to access your App & your Data was just there.


December 13, 2009, 3:58 pm

@LetsGo: "Just works" until your internet connection drops...


December 13, 2009, 9:05 pm

This release coincided with the self destruction of XP on my father's MSI Wind. It is used as an email/internet machine only. I have just popped on Jolicloud instead of XP. A very simple experience to install, except my Win 7 64 bit PC did not want to run the USB stick creator so I used an old XP laptop to do this. I have added Skype and GMail and a couple of Firefox extensions and it is ready to use. Very user friendly and much more suited to it's role than when it had XP on.


December 14, 2009, 2:38 pm

Oh Dear! Forget my comments above! They were made whilst the Wind was tethered to ethernet. Once I tried to get wireless going, it was a nightmare with it continually asking for my (20+ character!) WPA2-PSK, a password to configure the default keyring and then forgetting both and repeating again and again. Even if wifi connected, it was back to square one after a re-boot. Googling showed I am not alone and that there is a flavour of Ubuntu called Netbook Remix. This went in just as easily as Jolicloud, seems identical apart from the minor loss of Prism based Gmail/Docs "apps" and the wifi password was required just once and was memorised perfectly. In fairness the Ubuntu product is finished and Jolicloud only a pre-beta (=alpha?). I think the trimmed down nature of Jolicloud is great and will maybe put it in during 2010 when finished.


December 14, 2009, 6:53 pm

@gunholio Well try using Email, FaceBook, YouTube, Bittorent & your favourite browser without an Internet connection. These are the applications the majority of users run.


December 14, 2009, 8:33 pm

It isn't really losing a fully formed OS in this case though. It's basically ubuntu with a more netbook friendly front end, useful stuff like Prism and Wine already installed and a nice graphical package installer that also handles the updates. I've been using it over the weekend and I'm more than happy with it. Starts faster than the old eeepc OS I had before and runs much smoother in general. You can still get to the ubuntu repositries and synaptic for anything they don't have on there. As such it's pretty much Ubuntu NBR, I just with a few more bit included.


December 20, 2009, 3:16 am

To conclude my story: Ubuntu NBR had a screen flickring problem (known issue on the Wind) and when I tried the earlier 8.04 version, it had the same old wi-fi problem that Jolicloud had!!!!!!!

So, I used an XP machine, a 2GB memory stick, USB Multiboot 10, & the supplied CD and made a recovery flash drive. Used it and got a nice clean XP SP3 install, without all the bloatware that comes with the original machine :) Runs perfectly and, TBH, at a decent speed. Only additions are Foxit reader and Firefox.

Made a DriveImage XML backup for next time and my own recovery partition for it.

First time I ever tried anything Linux and I would have liked the experience to have been more positive.

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