Thursday, December 10, 2009
As Tariq Krim has just preesented at LeWeb conference in Paris the new Beta of Jolicloud, let's remind to all of us , alpha testers that the pre-beta version will be available from update in our JOLICLOUD by the end of thsi week. (VIDEO here)
Here is a good post by Robin Wauters from Paris (an early adopter of Jolicloud, like me ;-) and also a journo at techCrunch) on the upcoming beta version of Jolicloud
Friday, December 4, 2009
Update: NETBOOKED a very well informad blog about ... netbooks, created by Peter Cartwright, has just released the First Hand Out review of the to come Jolicloud pre-Beta BUT NOT FINAL release
UPDATE: the version used by Peter is a test version, improving on alpha 2C that we have all, but it is not the new FINAL VERSION of the coming beta!
source: a Tweet from @jolicloud:
Many of the points I was asking for an improvement seem to have been corrected (as always with a Tariq Krim project):
- double icon in the task bar ...
Well, we all need to just way another few days to be able to test it on our own ;-)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Jolicloud’s Pre-Beta release will support native resolution for Intel Atom z500-series netbooks with the GMA500 chipset.
Adam McDaniel, who joined Jolicloud in January 2009 as lead OS architect, announced in the new Jolicloud's Developers Blog that "Jolicloud’s Pre-Beta release will support native resolution for Intel Atom z500-series netbooks with the GMA500 chipset."
This includes the Asus Eee PC T91MT, Eee PC 1101HA, Eee PC 1201HA, Acer Aspire One 751, Dell Inspiron Mini 10, and Sony Vaio P, among others.
The role of Adam McDaniel is to provide Jolicloud with support for as many netbook architectures as possible, and to fix the other little quirks that other Linux distributions have not yet solved.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The new UI will be offered in January 2010, and users will be able to control all their UI.
Friday, October 30, 2009
European Web entrepreneur, Tariq Krim (CEO and founder) has announced that the new User Interface (UI) of Jolicloud, the easysimple Os for Netbooks, will be presented at the LeWeb conference the 9th and 10th of December in Paris.
@tariqkrim => "Can wait to unveil Jolicloud new killer UI at LeWeb. Already the best os perf on netbooks, be ready for phase 2! you aint seen nothing yet"
The UI was the main subject concerning Jolicloud as, at the moment, they it is using the Ubuntu Remix interface.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I just received my own Google Wave invite. So here is a capture of my waving on my Dell Mini 9 with Jolicloud , the Os for netbooks with Chrome Dev as browser (was not working on FF).
Gwave is quite "rigid" as it is in beta... everybody is looking for something: gadgets, extensions, edit, delete...
It is difficult to exploit it at the moment. Some say : "it is like IRC of 1998"...
My own thought, now: the screen is too small as the resize is offered by Gwave.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I just launched the new FireFox 3.5 made specially for Jolicloud, the netbbok OS.
All is fine except, a new Tab navigation toolbar line in the FF menu bar, that takes all the second line of the menu.
I would prefer to hide that line(as it was with the previous 3.0 version, but I did not found the right check box in the View>Toolbars menu of FF.
Can someone check this ? Thanks in advance ;-)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The new updates of Joliclouds are improuving even more the easysimple netbook OS, still in its alpha version.
Today, I jujst discovered a new option by clicking on the time zone on the right in the upper menu.
In fact, 2 new options are present: Localization (enter your city) and Weather (where you can choose your preferred units for temperature and wind speed).
Once done, you have now a mini widget appearing in the top menu bar on the right.
The mini-widget will show the latest weather conditions with an icon reprensenting the weather conditions (sunny, cloudly, rain) , the day/night time, the temp and date (day/month, hours and seconds)
If you pass over with your arrow you will have also the wind speed and the local sunrise and sundet hours.
Now, if you want to check more than one city, you have just to add them to the list (like I did for San Francisco and Hô Chi Minh Ville) so you will be able to check in one click on the mini widget, their local time and weather conditions! And a Montly calendar is there too with a World map with your cities.
Very useful, is also that all cities you have entered have an indication (+/-) containing the number of hours difference. So, finally, I know that SF is -9 hours compared to Brussels(Paris) and that Vietnam is +5. => easysimple !
Here, also just with "mouse-over", I can check weather conditions in all the cities I have selected: useful for frequent travellers!
That is really an amazing improvement that gives just an idea, I think, of the real potential of Jolicloud, as a dedicated Os for netbooks with special concepts adapted to the netbooks.
I am waiting the new beta release that I am sure will bring many more surprises.
Friday, September 11, 2009
A month ago I wrote my wish list concerning Jolicloud and the first point was:
1) I want to have multiple windows/applis opened at the same time on my netbok screen
For that the "resize window" was to be functioning on my Dell mini 9.
And today, with the new updates I have it ! Thanks Jolicloud Team, you rocks !
You can see from my captures that "Resize Window" works for the FireFox web-browser but also for the other applis. Down here you can see Openoffice Writer and FF.
The resizing, is not as immediate as in Windows XP, because Jolicloud, the easysimple OS for netbooks, is by default pushing the windows at the maximum size to help with the smaller screens.
So, in order to resize a window, you have
- to click in the Top menu bar (the one with the Blue House)
- choose Restore (that way ... the windows gets resizeable with the little white arrow (you can see in my captures)
Monday, September 7, 2009
But just now, the Jolicloud has announced that the Spotify appli is available for direct install in the Applis directory!
Well Done !
And also some invitations for Spotify are available on Jolicloud web site.
On this occasion, our friends at Spotify have given us free invites for our Jolicloud users in France, Spain and the UK. If you live in one of those countries, you can click on the following link to sign up and create your Spotify account now: https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/.
If you live in another country where Spotify is open (Sweden, Finland or Norway) and still wish to create an account, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll see what we can do!
PS: Note: for those of you who have manually installed Spotify before, you can uninstall your previous version by going to Home Jolicloud (blue house) . And by clicking on “Uninstall Wine Software” in “Wine” and selecting “Spotify” to start the uninstall process.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Jolicloud has just announced on their Twitter that :
"Nice the next jolicloud version support poulsbo (gma 500) Check this picture taken on the new umid "
At the moment, just Atom netbook were supported => here the updated list
Owners of notably the Sony Vaio P and Dell Inspiron Mini 12, among others, will be pleased by this news ;-)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I was checking this blog stats and among others there are a few searches coming for Dual-Boot.
So, yes, you can use you netbook with a Multi-Boot and more frequently a Dual-boot.
On my own Dell mini 9 inspiron I have keept the original OS (Windows XP) and I have added, in parallel, Jolicloud, the easysimple OS made for netbooks and based on Linux.
If works fine, in fact it is as if I had 2 different netbooks as the 2 partitions (divisions of the hard disk) that I made, 1 for XP and 1 for Jolicloud, do not communicate to each other. So, yes, I had to reenter passwords and to download applis that I had already... nut that because i wanted to keep the dual-boot. ;-)
Why I wanted to keep XP ? Well:
- to compare wih Jolicloud (and for the moment I am very pleased) and
- to use applis or devices (as un 3G USB key) that have not already good Linux drivers
- to have an option in case of a failure of ... Jolicloud that is still just in its alpha stage (but that has never happened so far)
Some, more expert users are also using a Triple-Boot with ... other Linux Distributions.
(IMAGE taken from: http://www.netbookwereld.be/2009/08/07/jolicloud-alpha-2c-gereleased/ thanks in advance ;-) )
Friday, August 28, 2009
If you want to know if your netbook is compatible with Jolicloud, the easysimple OS for netbooks you should check this wiki list maintened by Jolicloud.
Not all netbooks from the same producer are supported ... as my own Dell mini 9 is but the Dell Mini 10 - is NOT supported.
Rember also that : "If your netbook is not on this list, it doesn't mean Jolicloud may not support it. Chances are, it will work, we (Jolicloud) just haven't explicitly tested it yet. "
There is also a list of
- Lenovo x61 (no touchscreen support, install requires partitions on usb device: http://gsfn.us/t/b4pr)
- Voodoo Envy133
- Lenovo U110
- Macbook GMA950 1.1 http://bit.ly/k48A7
- eMachines D620 (Mic not working)
- Dell Inspiron 6000 (further testing to come)
- Dell Inspiron 700m (odd cursor/position mismatch on Home page, but otherwise great)
- Gateway LT3103u
- Dell D430
- Sony VAIO VGN-T140P (Used PLoP to boot from USB: http://bit.ly/3NVTpZ)
- HP Compaq nx7010 (no issues)
- Toshiba Satellite A105-S4011
- Vye Mini-V S37 (full touchscreen support, working on audio issue)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Jolicloud, the easysimple OS for netbooks even in its alpha release is based on opensourced Linux and could help increase the performances of your neybook if it now running with a Windows OS.
Here is why, in a text by Caitlyn Martin (on the O'Reilly website)
"if you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, all of which are significantly more resource hungry that any of the Linux distributions (Jolicloud included) typically offered on netbooks.
When you add anti-virus and anti-spyware software plus a personal firewall, the minimum requirements for a safe and secure Windows system, the poor netbook is so bogged down that performance is poor."
Yes, with Jolicloud OS compared to Windows Xp and even the new coming Windows 7, you do not need to run any Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware or a personal firewall ...
It saves, yes, money but, more essentially, here, resources for your netbook.
PS: above image is from this amazing little page http://www.kegel.com/wine/sweng/2009/talk.html
Sunday, August 16, 2009
While we wait here, on Jolicloud for Firefox 3.5 that come shortly (actually we are on 3.0.13 with the Mozilla Firefox for Ubuntu Canonical 1.0 if you have installed the new Chrome browser from Google you can enjoy the HTML 5 demos like the one you see up there (capture) from here and you have much more on canvasdemos.com.
Check this (works if you have an HTML5 browser enabled)
If you can not wait that the Jolicloud team prepares for you a Web application, here is a short procedure for doing that yourself.
But, first let me thank Keith Rowland who wrote it in his blog Looking Out For Number One because I had just copy/pasted its own text ;-)
For doing that you need to launch Prism an application created by Mozilla (the makers of Firefox, Thunderbird, ...) that comes integrated in the Jolicloud package.
Here it is Keith's text:
Step-by-step instructions for adding your own web page as a Launch Menu application.
First Make a Prism App:
- UPADTE just type ALT + F2
- OR (From the Home Launcher (the little bleu house icon in the left of the upper menu) , click Accessories then click Terminal.)
- Type at the command line: prism and then do click "enter"
- Enter the URL of the Web application (as in http://www.anynewsite.com/).
- Enter the Display Name you want.
- Check any Options you want, this adds extra browser items to the window.
- You MUST check Desktop Shortcut so it will create the command we want to use next.
- Change the ICON if you have another one to use, otherwise the website icon will be retrieved.
- Click OK and you should see it run, see if it did go to where you wanted it to. Close it.
- Close Terminal window, Control-D will work or click the eXit tab.
Add it to the Menu:
- From Home Launcher, on the right side click Desktop, this is where Prism put your webapp launcher.
- Right click your new desktop webapp icon, and select Properties.
- Grab all the text in the Command area by clicking in the box, type Control-A, then Control-C.
- Close the Properties window and exit the Desktop file browser.
- From the Home Launcher, left side click Preferences, then find and click Main Menu.
- From the left side, choose which menu you want to insert this website application into.
- From the right side click New Item.
- Type in the Name to display on your Main Menu.
- Put the command code into the Command field by typing Control-V, then click OK.
- Close the Main Menu program.
Now click on the Menu Category you chose above and your application should be there. You can right click and add to your Favorites.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
This is a Sunday post on Jolicloud, the new easysimple Web OS for Netbooks.
So, no data, but just ideas ... in disorder ;-)
- The Alpha 2c version of Jolicloud by Tariq Krim's team is really just an alpha, let's say a general test before the real thing can come out.
- 96% of all Netbooks sold are now shipped with ... no, not Linux, but old Windows XP.
- I do not believe that an experienced entrepreneur as Tariq Krim, has chosen to compete with Microsoft and Google and ... Linux just to do a Ubuntu Netbook Remix in a "delux" version.
- Open Source is not the future. Open Source is here but ... not all players are the same in Open Source game. I tend to trust less Microsoft Open Source than other players ;-)
- The Social side of Jolicloud will not be imposed and, for sure, it is not what we see now.
- JoliCloud is targeted to the "general public" that means that you should not need to be a Linux geek to use it. For sure most of the future "normal users" will come from Window/Google worldsmore than Apple/Linux.
- Jolicloud is an Internet operating system, not a device OS.
- HTML5 , the upcoming major revision of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), the main method of marking up content for sharing on the World Wide Web., is going to change the Web as we know it now.
- Technological convergence, the tendency for different technological systems to evolve towards performing similar tasks, is arriving at an interesting point with the jonction of mobile phones - smartphones - netbooks - laptops - .... with similar OS and same Applis.
Friday, August 7, 2009
So, Jolicloud in its Alpha2c version is here, working smoothly with just minor problems and for an alpha, I must say, is a success !
But, now, I am sure that Tariq Krim and his team have more, much more to show us.
So here is my wish list, hoping that a few of those requests will be available anytime soon in the new Beta of Jolicloud.
What I want to see in the Jolicloud beta, the easysimple Os for Netbooks.
1) I want to have multiple windows/applis opened at the same time on my netbok screen
It is possible with an XP on my Dell mini 9 netbook. (see capture)
Ok the screen is small, but what if I want to follow a game score and, at the same time, check a Twitter search on Jolicloud ? If XP can do change sizes of windows, I want it also on JoliCloud !
2) I want to be able to install mach more applis without waiting for Jolicloud to prepare them for me? (see first capture over there)
How can I bypass this lock ? Is it safe ?
3) I do not want to have a double icon on the top menu bar (when I open an appli)
4) I want a new MyJolicloud user interface with beatiful settings, drag/drop, widgets, favorites ... (I am used to Netvibes, now ;-) ) and no more an Ubuntu NR ui.
5) I want more information from Jolicloud on confidentiality and private data storage.
6) I want Jolicloud to open my netbook directly on the new MyJolicloud Homepage (or any other appli/page of my choice)
7) I want the Social Side of Jolicloud (yet to come) to be configurable by me with my preferred sites (twitter/likedin/facebook/gmail...) and not another proprietary closed service.
8) I want to be able, in the future, to use Jolicloud on other devices than netbooks
9) I want Jolicloud to be "really" touchscreen compliant (with setting for icon sizes and rest).
10) I want Jolicloud to be a huge success ;-)
Do you have other points to add ? => comments ;-)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
So, like many others you like Spotify , the hypest sound streaming application coming from Europe ? Well now you can listen to Spotify also on Jolicloud, the easysimple OS for Netbooks. How ?
Easy, to install spotify, install wine first and then install the windows version of spotify and enjoy !
Spotify has created a lightweight software application that users will simply download and then log onto their service enabling on demand streaming of music. (from TechCrunch database).
Wine is a free software application that aims to allow Unix-like computer operating systems to execute programs written for Microsoft Windows. (from Wiki)
You will find Wine, in My Jolicloud Application Dashboard in the Accesories directory.
I did it and it works. Of course the sound is coming out from a netbook but my Dell mini 9 is Ok. If I do not open to many applis at the same time the streaming is also ok.
And as a Windows appli I can modify the size of the Spotify window.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thanks to a friend that passed me his invitation, I am testing Google Wave (Developer alpha release) with ... Jolicloud alpha release, the easysimple OS for netbooks.
Google Wave is a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year in Beta.
I have tested Google Wave on XP and now on Jolicloud and, for now, I do not see many differences.
Well, Google Wave is certainly a better email/chat and collaborative tool but I have not already seen all the espected New World coming out of it. You can insert images, videos, searches in the email/chat and see other react in real time. You have an history of previous changes...
I will continue to test it and if you have an account and want to test it with me just send me your username ;-)
If you want to discover the potential of Google Wave you should check this 80 minutes presentation by Google Wave developers' Team.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
If you don't have a netbook and want anyway to test Jolicloud on your x86 hardware you can also try a Virtual Machine by which your PC will act as another one.
How ? Well, follow the instruction that Harold, a Jolicloud user, has posted in a comment on the
"To install Joli Cloud into a Virtual Machine with Virtual Box.
1. Run the command to create a bootable VDI image (without quotes):
“VBoxManage convertfromraw jolicloud-robby-alpha2-live.img jolicloud-robby-alpha2-live.vdi”
2. Run the command to create a new empty VDI image where to install the image with 4GB space:
“VBoxManage createhd -filename jolicloud-robby.vdi -size 4000″
Note: you can use -register option at the end of this command or register this VDI file from the VirtualBox later.
3. Create a new VM using the jolicloud-robby-alpha2-live.vdi (use the existing vdi option)
4. Attach the jolicloud-robby.vdi as a Primary Slave
5. Start the VM (boot)
Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD and now ... Jolicloud.
You should also check the GetSatisfaction page on the subject.
Another user, James Q. Stansfield, has a more complete list of instruction to use Jolicloud and VirtualBox here. His comment is: "Really tho, VirtualBox, while nice is painfully slow."
Disclosure: I have not tested it , I have a netbook ;-)
UPDATE: here is a twit by _sandro confirmg that:
Pour mes lecteurs francophones, vous pouvez suivre les explications que donne @Exkwahando dans son papier: "Cloudcomputons ! Jolicloud sous VirtualBox" .Merci à lui, qui m'a mis la puce à l'oreille ;-)
Monday, July 27, 2009
New Jolicloud user, Jorge Luis Vargas Portilla, from Bogotà (Colombia) has installed Jolicloud on a normal laptop even if, at the moment, JOLICLOUD IS NOT OPTIMIZED for LAPTOPS.
I was intrigued and I emailed Jorge Luis and here is what he wrote to me (published with his autorization ;-) and with his own screen captures:
"Well I dont have a netbook, so I had to try Jolicloud on my laptop: a Dell Inspiron 640m.
I have now a triple Boot, Windows XP , Ubuntu 9.04 and Jolicloud.
Some things work better (in Jolicloud) than in Ubuntu, in example the battery last more and some apps run smooth but other things works pretty slowly, like the home screen it lags horribly when you click or point any icon.
And the video streaming doesnt work properly all the time.
To do the install, I selected the Dell Mini 10v option.
Well the screen vision its better than Ubuntu, the max resolution in Ubuntu is like 1280x800, but looks like 1024x800, but here the resolution is completely 1280x800, and you have more space to work.
3 things I didnt like in Jolicloud at the moment:
- the home screen looks exactly the same to Ubuntu ReMix,
- you can'y launch apps directly from myJolicloud screen, you have to go to the home screen and open them from there, and
- when you have an app open like facebook of twitter you can't just open a new window, you have to use that actual window to open links. I'm the kind of guy that keeps like 15 tabs open at the same time and sometimes all are facebook or digg, so that's kinda annoying.
So that is the first impressions of a Jolicloud OS on a normal 14.1-inch laptop.
From the captures, that Jorge Luis sent and that I publish here, you can see that there is a lot of space left. Especially in the upper capture, Jolicloud has been setted on just 6 lines of text and that leaves a lot os space under it.
The 3 things that Jorge Luis does not like in Jolicloud (so am I) are the actual features of the OS even for normal netbooks like my Dell mini but I hope they will improve.
I was very much interested to know if and how a laptop worked with the Jolicloud OS even in its alpha stage. Well, it works !
So thanks Jorge Luis for your contribution !
Friday, July 24, 2009
A lot of people, including myelf, have thought of using Jolicloud the new easysimple OS not on a netbook but on an "old" PC or laptop.
Tariq Krim, CEO and founder of Jolicloud, has answerd to this on the Special Getsatisfaction page by saying that: since we have optimized the kernel for netbooks and smaller screen-size, we support only netbook usage of Jolicloud.
So if you want to try anyway to install Jolicloud on a normal laptop you should keep in mind , says Tariq, that :
As any linux you can make it run anywhere on a computer and a virtualization app like virtualbox. In general you would replace our optimized kernel by the generic kernel and figure out the configuration of the graphics drivers.
So some work in perspective but that could be useful in future to be able to sync applis on different PC not just netbooks.
A user reports that his Dell Inspiron 640m Laptop is working fine with Jolicloud.
"If you are not invited yet, please use this link to http://bit.ly/7qmoz instead.
And get your invitation here http://bit.ly/CfqvC"
Link 1 will give you the 600 MiB Install download and link 2 will let you ask an Invitation code.
If you are one of them, you should read the new How to Install Jolicloud page that has been rewritten and corrected.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tariq Krim, CEO and founder of Jolicoud has just announced on Twitter that they ARE sending out 1000 new invitations per day to test Jolicloud, the easysimple OS for netbooks:
"We are now launching 1000 invitation per day. Invitation are sent by registration order."
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Investors are : Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype and Kazaa and an early tester of Jolicloud ;-) and Gilles Samoun
The Jolicloud Blog has announced that:
Jolicloud (www.jolicloud.com), the Internet operating system for netbooks, announced today the completion of a $4.2M Series A funding round led by Atomico Ventures, in conjunction with Mangrove Capital Partners. The financing will enable the startup to accelerate the development of the product (currently in private alpha), launch its developer program, and expand its global network of partners.
About Atomico Ventures
Atomico Ventures is focused on supporting European early stage consumer facing technology companies. Founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, co-founders of multiple successful internet companies, including Skype, Joost, Joltid and Kazaa, Atomico invests in passionate entrepreneurs with disruptive business ideas who want to build tomorrow’s global winners. Atomico has over 20 companies in its portfolio, including Seesmic, Fon, Jawbone, Netlog and Woo Me.
About Mangrove Capital Partners
Mangrove Capital Partners is committed to turn entrepreneurial visions into realities as a means to drive capital appreciation for investors. Our hands-on philosophy in all areas of business and technological development is the cornerstone of our investment strategy and positions us as a true partner for growth. Mangrove Capital Partners has invested in, among others, the following companies: Skype, Zink, Seatwave, Nimbuzz, Brands4Friends and WooMe.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
So, Jolicloud is available now for a new batch of testers... maybe you !
Read also the Jolicloud Blog with a new post on the subject with some important explanation on why Jolicloud is not working on every netbook and why it is not supported on PC and Laptops.
"If you are using a computer that is not a netbook, or a desktop or a tablet computer, we will not provide support either. As our system is derived from Ubuntu, it should not be impossible to run Jolicloud on another device, but we don’t have the necessary resources to provide assistance."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Another Web VIP, Niklas Zennström , co-founder of KaZaa and of Skype, has joined the 100 or so first users of Jolicloud alfa release, the Easy Simple netbook OS.
Welcome Niklas !
And you what are you waiting for ? ... I know, an invitation. I have been told that they will come ... slowly ... so be ... patient ;-)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tariq Krim, JoliCloud CEO and co-founder, has just announced in a conference in Madrid (Spain) and in an Interview with French News Magazine "L' Expension" that :
"the Business Model for JoliCloud will be: Freemium "
As reported by Wikipedia, the Freemium business model was articulated by venture capitalist Fred Wilson (investor in Twitter) on 23 March 2006 on is AVC.COM Blog :
"Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc., then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base."
That means a Free Service for the majority of users and a Premium version for "more damanding customers".
Image by : http://www.flickr.com/photos/doublep/
Thursday, June 18, 2009
When I searched for Jolicloud, I often found that "geeks" pretended it was some sort of Easypeasy or Ubuntu Netbook Remix...
So, when @ramonsuarez , a Spanish Blogger/Marketeer and a Twitter personality of the Belgian Web scene, came by to show me his Asus EeePc loaded with Easypeasy, an Ubuntu version of the Linux OS , I couldn't resist to try it and take a screenshot (Over here)
And down, here is one screen shot of my JOLICLOUD OS, Robbie release (alpha) :
In fact, if they look similar is that they are all based, at some degree, on the UBUNTU NETBOOK REMIX : a package 'remix' of the standard Ubuntu Desktop release to enable it to work better on netbooks or devices with small screens and is optimized for use with the Intel Atom processor. Ubuntu is a computer operating system (OS) based on Debian GNU/Linux.
Here is a screen shot of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix:
On the practical side, the JoliCloud OS, looks at me more safer and easy for a first time user of a netbook and of LINUX/UBUNTU.... . You really do not need to read pages and pages. You do not have multiple choices.
I guess that, at this stage, you have a more controlled access (and so limited) to all applis available on the Linux Market with Jolicloud than with he others, but, I think, that for a first time netbook user, is the best way to approach Linux and get rid of Windows XP ;-)
I feel Jolicloud as a Easy Simple Club OS. Yes, Club ! Why Club ? Well, I will develop in another post.
Know more ? Comments are here for that.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
A new ALL applications tab has been added to the Applis Menu of Jolicloud.
Total applis available at this time : 53 (+5 since last count).
Now by clicking on an icon you get a window dedicated at the selected Appli: with description and probably, in the future, number of downloads and, why not, ratings.
Suggestion: I would like to have a sign that shows if that appli is also ready to work Off-line (if it is case)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I was contacted by @emsenn on Twitter who wanted to ask me (as one of the few Jolicloud alpha tester) a few questions about ... Jolicloud.
I think that this Q & A Chat could be interesting also for others, so here it is my "edited version" (in italics my additions)
emsenn: How long have you had a netbook?
A (me ;-) ) : 3 monthes
emsenn: What model?
A: Dell mini 9 , XP
emsenn: What do you primarily use it for?
A: the netbook (is the 3rd pc of the home) and it is based in the kitchen/living area, so I used it for calendar, emails, netvibes, google search .... And when Jolicloud will be officially released I will let Wife and Kids to use it ;-)
emsenn: Do you think you'll use Jolicloud as the primary OS on that system now, then?
A: well, JoliClouds needs some small improvements, but I am already using it daily, at the moment, even if I keep a dual-boot with XP.
emsenn: What is Jolicloud's strongest point, at this time, in your opinion?
A: Jolicloud is user oriented ! You can orient the development with suggestions and ideas to the team. As a user you are not just considered an "end consumer" ;-) . There is a frame, but there is possibilities to adapt it.
emsenn: Sounds like you're a fan of Linux in general, then?
A: Never used Linux ... I am not a geek !
I like the small team approach of Tariq Krim.
emsenn: Yeah, it tends to work better - much more focused than masses of developers.
What I meant by the Linux comment is that the program developers are also usually it's users - and the whole development process is very open to suggestions, bug reports, and ideas.
A: Well, Jolicloud, in the intentions, is not for Expert/Developers users... It is for a "general public" => Easy Simple OS on an EasySimple machine.
emsenn: What do you think Jolicloud needs to focus on improving ?
A: 1) User Experience (UX) , 2) offer more applis and 3) offer also some essential off-line applis.
emsenn: What needs to be improved with the UX? So far I've heard that it has trouble with making you switch between the Netbook Remix interface, and the "my Jolicloud" one.
A: Not for me. First improvement I would like to see (but it is still 7 days from first release !!) : is to be able to show applis not only in full screen. I need sometimes to have 2 applis side by side, even in a netbook. Not a big deal, but UX.
emsenn: That's one thing that's annoyed me about Ubuntu Netbook Remix problems. Until they're removed, which JoliCloud is working on, from what I understand. Like making it boot straight into the Jolicloud application
A: That's why, we have to wait for ... beta ;-)
emsenn: Hah, maybe you. I'm still waiting to get on Alpha!
Still no invite for me :(
A: We are only 100 or less at the moment ... so do not worry. New Alpha invitations will arrive, I have been told ... ;-)
So, let me thank emsenn for his genuine interest and I wish him to receive an alpha invitation soon ;-)
For more data about @emsenn check his blog , here his own short bio: 19 year old American student with experience in many operating systems and several programming languages, who focuses on net neutrality and privacy, in a simple and clear manner.
Just discovered http://jolicloud.info , another Blog with "JoliCloud Experience Blog", dedicated to Jolicloud, the Super Easy OS for Netbooks.
JoliCloud.info is a portal to all new updates and new events around and about the Jolidcloud Operation System.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
A Very interesting 3'30" video from Netbookitalia.it showing an Acer Aspire One netbook used with a touchscreen.
Un Grazie a Mario Angione e Laura Ben ;-)
Monday, June 8, 2009
On Jolicloud, you have, today, the choice of already 48 different Applications (applis) to chose from the Application Directory by just visiting the "My JoliCloud" cloud on the right of the upper menu.
Those are Web based applications that have been selected by the JoliCloud team after being tested. That means that you do not have to download and install a program/software on your netbook. But that means also that if by any chance (?) you are not able to connect to the web, you will not able to use them ! Off-line web applications are slowly coming to surface and JoliCloud will propose them as soon as they can (we hope).
You can search for the Application you want alos by typing the name in the yellow search box on the right.
That list is increasing day after day, also from requests from first users.
So, here is my little My JoliCloud's Applis Wishing list:
- Google maps
- A "Twitter Client" => of the kind of http://www.journotwit.com
- An Image Editor => like http://www.pixlr.com/
Heredown full description of the available JoliCloud Applications
The first tab is the FEATURED Applis list that presents the 12 Most Popular or the last Added applis .
Today as most popular you have :
- The Sound Cloud
- Google Reader
- Facebook Chat
Second tab is the ACCESSORIES :
- Wine (Windows emulator)
3rd tab is DEVELOPMENT with :
- Google Chrome (dev)
4th tab EDUCATION :
- Academic Earth
- Molecules Viewer
5th Tab: GAMES:
- Google Reader
- Google Talk
- Facebook Talk
8th Tab OFFICE:
- Google Docs
- OpenOffice Writer
- Google Calendar
- Zoho Sheet
- OpenOffice Calc
- Zoho Writer
- Zoho Show
- Evolution Mail and Calendar
- The Sound Cloud
I will update this Directory regularly, so stay tuned.
Have suggestions ?