First look at Jolicloud 1.0

As expected, Jolicloud has started allowing beta testers to update the netbook-focused operating system to version 1.0. And one of the first users to receive the update is is Sascha from Netbook News. He’s posted a video overview of Jolicloud 1.0, which you can check out after the break.

The biggest change in version 1.0 is that Jolicloud has completely replaced the Ubuntu Netbook Remix program launcher and user interface with a new UI built using HTML5. Now the entire operating system has a more uniform look and feel, including the app launcher, app store, and social activity stream area where you can see what apps your friends and followers have installed on their netbooks.

While Jolicloud is based on Linux and can run native Linux apps, the operating system is designed to blur the distinction between native apps and web apps. So you can install a desktop application such as Skype or GIMP from the app store, but you can also install Facebook or Twitter and an icon will show up on your home screen that you can press to launch the web browser and visit those web sites.

One of the the other things that sets Jolicloud apart is the fact that you can login to your account from any computer with an HTML5-compatible web browser to install apps, reorganize your home screen, or check on your social activity stream.

But it’s not just the focus on cloud-based apps that makes Jolicloud good for netbooks. The OS also plays nicely with the power management features of Intel Atom chips, underclocking the CPU to save battery life when it can, and cranking up the CPU cycles when you need a bit more performance.

You can check out Sascha’s first look video after the break. Jolicloud 1.0 is rolling out as an update to existing Jolicloud beta testers starting this week.

  • http://twitter.com/tyepye Colin Tye

    It's looking good. Couple of things.

    1) It would be nice to have some sort of similar program sorting like “games”, “internet” etc. Perhaps like on the new iPhone IOS where you can have folder icons for different things.

    2) Hopefully in future updates they incorporate their file browser into their nice system menu rather than using Nautilus to browse as it looks out of place on this update.