When Jolicloud 1.0 was released, it brought a whole new user interface built on HTML5. The next release, Jolicloud 1.1 is not bringing any major changes to the UI, but there is going to be a lot of exciting changes under the hood.
The first noticeable change in Jolicloud 1.1 will be the faster boot. It will also have faster suspend and resume time - all critical for an OS aimed at netbooks. Another welcome improvement is the drivers support. Jolicloud 1.1 will support a plethora of devices – from video cards to webcams – out of the box.
A lot of manufacturers use Atom CPUs for their netbooks. So, Jolicloud 1.1 will also feature a modified Linux kernel (126.96.36.199) optimized for performance on the Atom CPUs. Of course, the unmodified kernel will also be available.
Jolicloud 1.1 will also have a better touchscreen support thanks to X11R7.5. The updated X.org also brings better hardware accelerated video support to the OS.
An important aspect of the netbook experience – the battery life – will also see an improvement with the new release of Jolicloud. It will use GNOME 2.30 which should also provide faster startup time and an improved external monitor support.
The base packages used will also be updated for Jolicloud 1.1. The current version of Jolicloud, (i.e Jolicloud 1.0) is based of packages from the Ubuntu 9.04 repository. With Jolicloud 1.1, the Ubuntu 10.04 repository will be used to provide the base packages. In addition future patches to Ubuntu 10.10 will also be made available for Jolicloud 1.1.
All in all, it looks like Jolicloud 1.1 is going to be a good release. As of now the release date for the beta has not been announced yet.
[via: The Jolicloud Blog]