Jolicloud might not have Google’s marketing clout or the giant Google fanboy base which Chrome OS is going to, but they can still put up a good fight. If Tariq Krim and company stick to their guns and respond to the community, Jolicloud could very well garner some mainstream success in the netbook OS business.
With any netbook OS, one main focal point is boot time. Just how long will this custom-tailored system take to go from powered off to a full menu of applications?
Chrome OS, of course, is eschewing everything local except the bare essentials. The Diet Chromium version I shared yesterday took about 15-20 seconds to boot an Acer AOD250. Can Jolicloud compete with that? Sure it can.
From the official Twitter account, their developers shared a video showing Jolicloud booting in 13 seconds on an Asus Eee PC 901. That’s a pretty respectable startup time, especially when you consider that Jolicloud will 1) include some local apps and 2) will run on a much broader range of hardware than Google Chrome OS.
Remember, Google’s ultimate vision is a three or four second boot time – that’s something which will be hard to accomplish if Chrome OS rolls driver support for a number of different display adapters, chipsets, and wireless NICs. If Jolicloud can shave a few more seconds from the 13 captured here, I think they’ll show everyone just how serious they are about being competitive.
Check the video after the break!