Apparently the machine will be called the Jolibook and it’s due out by the end of November. It will run the Jolicloud 1.1 operating system which is based on Linux and Google’s open source Chromium web browser. It will have a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor, a 250GB hard drive, and the ability to play 720p HD video.
There’s no information yet on the screen size, price, or actual launch date. It’s also not clear whether you’ll buy the Jolibook directly from Jolicloud or if the company has managed to work out deals to sell it through stores or in partnership with wireless carriers or other distributors.
Given the specs, it sounds like it should be pretty easy to get pretty much any operating system up and running on the Jolibook, in case you wanted a dual boot system running Windows, OS X, or another brand of Linux. But really, you can do that today by installing Jolicloud on off-the-shelf hardware. The appeal of the Jolibook is that it runs Jolicloud out of the box, so if you’re a fan of the company’s particular blend of native Linux apps and web-based apps, this might be something work keeping an eye on.
Update: Jolicloud has posted some information on its website. There are no real surprises, but the company syas the netbook will come preloaded with Chromium, Facebook, Spotify, VLC, and Skype apps, among others.