Jolicloud 1.0 Released for Windows and Bootable USB

Aug 05, 2010

Cloud-based open source netbook OS gets a 1.0 release.

Cloud-based netbook OS Jolicloud 1.0 was released yesterday, allowing users to install the OS alongside Windows or as a standalone OS via USB key. The project was started by Netvibes founder Tariq Krim.

Jolicloud is based on Ubuntu, but is designed with netbooks in mind. This means that many of the programs deployed within Jolicloud are actually Web apps. It's possible to store files locally, but cloud backup is offered as well.

The user interface for Jolicloud 1.0 was built on HTML5 it features a customizable launcher and a social stream, which features community updates, app recommendations and active software updates. The OS also comes preloaded with Gmail, Skype, Twitter and Firefox.

Thanks to cloud support, applications can be modified and the application launcher can be managed from any HTML5-capable browser. Local and cloud-based files are also managed via the same file system.

Currently, Jolicloud is compatible with netbooks from all major manufacturers. For a full compatibility list, visit Jolicloud is available now at

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  • windows only netbooks

    Have you not heard of/tried Ubuntu Netbook Edition?
  • "or as a standalone OS"

    Antti, the article states that you can install "... as a standalone OS via USB key" hence Windows is not required. The point of the Windows based installation is to be easier to install it, and test run it before doing a clean install. And before you make a claim why Linux is so hard to install compared to Windows, know that those people that can't install Linux from scratch are the same people that can't do a clean install of Windows, finding their lost drivers CDs, setting up firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, setting up printers.

    My point is that: For those people that have not done a clean install of a Windows OS and are not a tech guy for their friends' Windows based PCs have no business in criticizing Linux.
  • compressed install?

    If it's meant for Netbooks, does it support BTRFS with COMPRESSion? Because, you know, that would make sense on netbooks with 4GB< disks. The sparse screenshots and descriptions don't tell.
  • Once again - OEM

    So there we are again. Linux computer but "alongside" Windows. It means that OEM-Windows win again. When we will get a real Linux netbook/notebook installed only with Linux? Perhaps never? So please stop talking about "32% Linux on netbook marketshare". That statement make me really angry.
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