Jolicloud Rebranded As Joli OS; Android App Coming Soon

Jolicloud – the cloud based operating system based on Ubuntu – is one of the first cloud based OS I have used. It is quite a nifty operating system and we have written about it a lot here at Techie Buzz.

In a blog post, the team behind Jolicloud has announced that they are giving Jolicloud a new identity. Earlier, the name “Jolicloud”  referred  to the operating system. However when the Jolicloud app was launched in the Chrome Web Store, it turned to to be quite successful there as well. This leaves two Jolicloud in two forms – a stand-alone operating system with cloud focus and a web app using which users can experience many of the features found in the stand-alone OS.

This is what the Jolicloud team wrote in the blog post:

Back in December, we introduced a Web only version of  Jolicloud for the Chrome Web Store. That app has already reached 60,000 installs and is now among the top 40 most popular apps. This success has convinced us that we now have to expand our experience beyond our own OS to be relevant on other platforms.

To remove this ambiguity, the Jolicloud team has announced that they are giving different names to the two. From now on, the stand-alone operating system will known as Joli OS. The web app, which can be accessed both from a normal browser and Joli OS, will be given the name Jolicloud.

The web app, now known as Jolicloud, is currently available only in the Chrome Web Store. However, they are looking to expand beyond that by supporting Firefox 4 and Safari. An experimental HTML5 port for the iPad is also being developed.

Another very exciting announcement is that they are looking to expand Jolicloud beyond traditional computing devices like desktops, laptops, netbooks etc. The Jolicloud team announced that they are planning to bring the Jolicloud experience to mobile devices as well. Their first step towards this is Android. They are working on an Android app for Jolicloud which should be available soon.

What To Expect From Jolicloud 1.1

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 (  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 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]

Jolicloud as a Second Netbook OS – It Plays Well With Windows

jolicloud-ico [Linux] Back in March, we broke the news that Jolicloud had released their Pre-Final build. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Jolicloud is a customized version of Linux Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE). It’s designed to be an easy and trouble-free operating system for almost all netbooks. It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve finally had time to install Jolicloud and try it out on my HP Mini netbook. I’ll give you some details and screenshots from my brief time exploring Jolicloud.

If your netbook has Windows installed on it, you have the option to use Jolicloud Express to install Jolicloud alongside Windows, leaving all of your Windows files and programs untouched. The alternative is to download the ISO image file and create a bootable flash card or USB stick. I have made several bootable live Linux sticks in the past, and it’s not hard to do, but I found that Jolicloud Express is far easier to use. You’ll find both options on the Jolicloud download page.


I used the express method. I downloaded a 15mb installer file and launched it. It’s as easy as installing any other program in Windows. You’ll be prompted to tell the installer how much room to allow it on your C: drive. The default is 50Gb, and that’s what I chose.

Once it begins, it will set up a Jolicloud folder on your C: drive and begin downloading the rest of Jolicloud. This step took about 25 minutes on my broadband service. Your download time may vary.


After it is done with this download, you’ll be asked a few more questions, such as the login and password you want to log in with. Finally you’ll be asked to reboot the netbook and it will restart when you select the new entry in your Windows boot selection screen. From this time on, whenever you reboot your netbook, you will always have a choice to boot into Windows or Jolicloud. Here’s what I saw the first time I booted Jolicloud. This is the Launcheror home page.


The program categories are on the left in a sidebar, and as you click on each category, you’ll see the available applications appear in the center of the desktop. As you can see, they offer you easy navigation of the file system on the right sidebar. Even your Windows files are easily accessible at the bottom of that sidebar.

At the top of the home page, you’ll see the home icon on the left. When you launch applications, you’ll see icons for them appear beside the home icon. Whenever you want to switch back to the launcher menus, click the home icon.

At the top right, you’ll see the status bar with icons for updates, Jolicloud services, network connections, system settings, and time/date/weather. Connecting to my home wireless network was as simple as clicking once on the network icon and selecting from a list of available networks.

Clicking on the little blue heart icon in the status bar opens up a tabbed page with your Jolicloud friends (Social Stream) and the Applications Directory, with over 700 ready to install apps.


You’ll find almost everything you need for a rich user experience on your netbook, such as music, video, email, Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

If you decide that you don’t like Jolicloud, and you used the express install method, you can uninstall Jolicloud as easily as any other Windows app.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you need a simple, fast, secure and visually pleasing OS on your netbook, this one will be hard to beat. The express install option is a big winner, making it one of the easiest Linux OS’s to install. For those with more Linux experience, you might want to stick with Ubuntu Netbook Edition. It’s much more flexible but definitely more difficult for newbies. I believe that Jolicloud will continue to bring good news to netbook users who may not want to be chained to Microsoft Windows.


Techie Buzz Verdict: 4/5 (Excellent)

Jolicloud users, get ready for an HTML5 User Interface

Jolicloud is a popular Ubuntu Netbook Remix fork and takes things a step further up by creating an awesome UI based on HTML5.  HTML5 has extensive support for creating awesome apps and the new launcher in Jolicloud, version 1.0 has been created completely in HTML5.

Jolicloud has come a long way and has released remarkable distros with the release of each of Ubuntu Netbook Remix. This time though, they are going for cloud storage and synchronization across all machines on which Jolicloud is installed. This makes installing apps, an install once and use anywhere phenomenon. Equally, files can be shared using Dropbox and other file sharing services.

The app center has over 700 apps for you to check out. Moreover, it comes pre-installed with apps for Gmail, Skype, Twitter and Firefox. This makes Jolicloud a better Netbook OS. The updates should start rolling out next week.

See this video to have a better view of the new look and features.

Cant see the video? Watch it at YouTube here.

Jolicloud Robby Pre-Final Released

The Jolicloud team has released the pre-final version of Jolicloud Robby which contain a number of updates including support for HTML5 through Chrome. Jolicloud Robby also has a new network manager and a new desktop mode.


You can install Jolicloud Robby either through a windows installer or by using the ISO file provided for downloads. With this release Jolicloud has officially exited the beta stage and a final version of Jolicloud Robby will be released shortly.

There was no clear indication on the blog post on whether current Jolicloud users will have to download the new version. Also, the new version is not yet available as an update for users. We have asked for confirmation with regards to this, and will update the post once we have a confirmation on it.

Download Jolicloud Robby Pre-Final

Jolicloud Web App Platform Replaces Prism With Chrome, Now HTML5 Ready

Jolicloud is one of the most popular cloud-based netbook OS based on Linux. It has been quite popular with the masses for the lightweight and web-centric interface.


The Jolicloud team has been working on underlying changes to their web app platform to make it more faster and consume less memory. For these reasons, they have switched from the Mozilla driven Prism platform to a Chrome-based web app platform, which is similar to the .

You can now enjoy the 600+ web apps available in our App Center with a faster, low memory footprint, and HTML5 ready browsing experience.

The latest update from Jolicloud will replace the Prism web-app platform with the Chrome-based web-app platform which was rewritten by the Jolicloud team to provide the same visual experience as Prism.

The customized platform is open source and is named Nickel Chromium for fullscreen web apps, which can be downloaded from here. Another major change with the new update is that Jolicloud now fully supports , so you can watch HTML5 videos on and more.