Friday, August 28, 2009

Check the new list of Jolicloud supported netbooks and devices

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

Other devices (not netbooks) that run successfully with Jolicloud

  • Lenovo x61 (no touchscreen support, install requires partitions on usb device:
  • Voodoo Envy133
  • Lenovo U110
  • Macbook GMA950 1.1
  • 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:
  • HP Compaq nx7010 (no issues)
  • Toshiba Satellite A105-S4011
  • Vye Mini-V S37 (full touchscreen support, working on audio issue)

Monday, August 24, 2009

How Jolicloud will help your Windows netbook.

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

Sunday, August 16, 2009

HTML5 is also on Jolicloud (with Chrome)

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

Check this (works if you have an HTML5 browser enabled)

Tip: How to add a Web appli to your Jolicloud netbook

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
  • 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

My ideas on what Jolicloud is and is not

This is a Sunday post on Jolicloud, the new easysimple Web OS for Netbooks.
So, no data, but just ideas ... in disorder ;-)

Well, now is time to out ! Bye.

Friday, August 7, 2009

My wish list for Jolicloud Beta, the easysimple OS for netbooks

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

Tip: How to listen to Spotify on Jolicloud

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).

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

Testing Google Wave on Jolicloud

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.