The folks at Jolicloud have posted a summary of the features and improvements of their upcoming 1.1 update, which will soon be available for users to tests.  We already knew that Jolicloud 1.1 would be the first version of this Linux-based operating system designed to run on desktops as well as netbooks. But there are many other changes as well.

The update should improve battery life and system stability. It also includes drivers for common netbook and low power laptop hardware including the NVIDIA ION graphics chip, Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, and Intel Poulsbo chip. There’s also support for newer chips such as the dual core Intel Atom N550.

Jolicloud 1.1 should automatically detect whether you’re using a newer Atom chip and use an optimized kernel. Otherwise it will use the standard Linux kernel. The update should also bring improved support for touchscreen devices.

While Jolicloud focuses on blurring the lines between traditional apps and cloud based web apps by making it just as easy to “install” an icon for Twitter or Gmail, as Firefox or the VLC media player.  The operating system is based on Ubuntu, with Jolicloud 1.1 re-synced to 10.04 for base packages, and can thus run many Linux apps.  But this release will eventually also include select patches from Ubuntu 10.10 for updated support.

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5 replies on “What’s new in Jolicloud 1.1”

  1. It should be interesting to see the opinions of the early testers, once they officially release this update.

  2. > “The operating system is based on Ubuntu, with Jolicloud 1.1 re-synced to 10.04 for base packages, and can thus run many Linux apps.”

    I guess you meant to say *most* Linux apps?

    > “But this release will eventually also include updated packages from Ubuntu 10.10.”

    What does this mean? Aren’t 95% of packages updated between Ubuntu releases? You don’t need to confuse readers with terms such as “backports” – a simple rearranging of words would get the meaning across more clearly.

    And please – it’s “Poulsbo” – see url.

    1. Thanks, Spelling corrected, but there is a difference from having access to packages and being able to use them all. Every distro has it’s own level of support for packages, even Ubuntu doesn’t officially support all packages, and even compatible packages may not be automatically installable without making some adjustments. So experience will vary and it’s more accurate to say “many” than “most” as there isn’t any hard data to indicate the actual percentages of compatibility.

      I corrected the last sentence though, to be more clear…

      1. I would like to know if it can run properly on intel poulsbo (z500), in other words if it can run on a aigo p8860, that is fresh air to my old and unusued aigo.

        1. It remains to be seen, support of the chipset doesn’t mean everything will work. The main point of concern being the Intel GMA 500 drivers.But Jolicloud 1.1 will be available for testing soon. So you could probably give a Live USB of it a try…

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