A few weeks ago the folks at Jolicloud started allowing beta testers to upgrade to version 1.0. Now Jolicloud 1.0 is available for download, meaning anyone can go ahead and install it from scratch.

There are two options. The first is a 16MB installer that runs on Windows XP or 7 and downloads and installs the operating system alongside Windows. The second is a 689MB ISO file which you can load on a USB flash drive to install Jolicloud on a computer that doesn’t run Windows.

Jolicloud is designed to run on most netbooks with support for small screen sizes and low power Intel and VIA processors and graphics. The operating system is based on Linux, but one of the things that sets it apart from most Linux environments is that Jolicloud is designed to blur the distinction between web and native apps. That means you can create shortcuts in the program launcher for OpenOffice.org, Google Docs, Gmail, and Thunderbird.

There are also social aspects to Jolicloud, allowing you, for instance, to see what apps your friends have been installing.

Your preferences are all saved online, which makes upgrading to a new netbook or switching between machines easy.

Jolicloud is available as a free download. Founder Tariq Krim says premium features will be available later this year.

Update: If you want to take Jolicloud for a spin without installing it, you can visit my.jolicloud.com using the Google Chrome web browser. This will let you create an account and browse through the catalog of native and web-based apps. You can “install” them to your desktop, and if and when you install Jolicloud on a netbook, your preferences will be carried over and all the apps you install from the web interface will be installed on your computer.

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13 replies on “Jolicloud 1.0 netbook operating system now available for download”

  1. Will I be able to play 720p MKVs (H.264 video and AAC audio) with soft subtitles at 5 Mbps using a GMA 500 graphics chipset? I can currently do this in Windows 7.

  2. Yes, I believe you can, just like on other Linux based install disks.

    PS, that is intended as a response for the person posting BELOW me…sorry, it is early yet.

      1. I meant: can I boot and run Jolicloud from a USB drive without actually installing it on my PC. I could make a live USB installation for Ubuntu where my settings and applications are all saved on the USB drive. I could plug the drive into any computer and run Ubuntu with all my settings and programs intact.

        1. My mistake.

          I don’t see why not. I’ve a couple of “live” SD cards lying around that still work through multiple boots — and since your “apps” are mostly web bookmarks anyway there won’t be so much stored on the boot drive anyway…

          1. Hi!

            HOW would I do this? I want to run Jolicloud on a USB stick on a Win XP EeePC. There isn’t enough room on the internal drive to install Jolicloud alongside windows. When I try to change settings so that I can specify a different drive in Express Install, it does not respond to the mouse click.

  3. It would be nice if one could download it as a zip file instead of a torrent file since it would be easier to unzip it and create a disc from the .iso file.

    1. too much trafic at the current time, tomorrow we hope to have more mirrors

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