As expected, the folks at Jolicloud have officially launched Joli OS 1.2. The operating system is a light-weight Linux-based OS designed to blur the lines between web apps and native desktop apps. For instance you can “install” web apps such as Google Docs as well as native apps such as LibreOffice. Both will show up as shortcuts on you desktop, which makes launching a web app pretty much the same as launching a local one.

The latest version of the operating system is the first to wear the Joli OS name instead of Jolicloud. It also features a modest user interface  redesign, new wallpapers, and a native file browser with Dropbox integration for viewing remote files if you have a Dropbox account.

Joli OS also now makes it easy to create your own app simply by entering a name and URL.

Jolicloud has always pushed its social features as well, allowing you to add friends and see what apps they’ve been installing. Now there’s a public web page for each users, which you can use to display a list of apps you’ve starred. You can turn off this page if you dont’ want to share your app preferences with the world.

Joli OS 1.2 is available as a free download from the Jolicloud web site. You can either download a Windows installer which allows you to dual boot Windows and Jolicloud or you can grab a disc image for making Joli OS your main operating system.

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5 replies on “Joli OS 1.2 now available for download”

  1. Excellent and can be installed without programming skills. A good way to breathe new life into a redundant PC.

    My wife has a basic Acer Aspire netbook that was running Linpus, which is very average. It had become faulty. I am no programmer so had previously failed to install Ubuntu on the machine as it needed various add ins that I could not manage.

    So if you are able to create a USB stick with the programme on it, access BIOS to change boot order (instructions on the Joli site) then you can install Joli.

    You can preview before committing to installation or set up as dual boot. I went for the whole hog. About 15 minutes later I had functioning machine. It found my home wi-fi immediately and is nice and fast.

    No regrets. Thanks Joli!

  2. Too bad Joli OS doesn’t work on my Viliv N5. Just tried it. Only the keyboard and screen work. That’s it.

    1. that sucks. i was going to try it on my n5. oh well, windows 7 works well enough.

  3. I recently switched to Jolicloud after becoming frustrated with Ubuntu’s Unity UI. I’ve been very pleased with Joli OS and I am excited to see innovation still coming from them.

  4. This is great. I love the Chrome app’s access to my dropbox. Everything is gradually getting more and more integrated into the HTML5 interface, and the general GNOMEyness of it is fading. Slick.

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