Jolicloud: just what my netbook had been waiting for



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Jolicloud Launcher

If you are a netbook user and you have been looking for the perfect OS to put on your netbook, might i suggest: Jolicloud.

What are my criteria for a great netbook OS?  Basically 3 things:

  1. Maximized screen real estate
  2. Runs FAST on mobile processor
  3. Extensive drivers to support hardware
  4. NOT A CRITERIA BUT JOLICLOUD BLOWS THE OTHERS OUT OF THE WATER:  Ease of installation to netbook PC

OK, So Jolicloud doesn’t score perfectly, because for whatever reason, Windows 7 is still running faster, and the trackpad still needs some tweaking to get it to work, but for a netbook OS, Jolicloud get 2 thumbs up from me and here’s why:

  • The UI is totally optimized for small screens, even moreso that Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
  • The app installation process is the easiest i’ve ever seen.
  • Many of the “apps” are simply webapps with their own site-specific browsers, so you can switch “apps” to Gmail, which is a window-less, border-less, menu-less browser window JUST for Gmail (or Gdocs, or Pandora, or etc…)
  • Jolicloud is the first OS i’ve seen to really embrace the netbook idea, because, yeah, it’s a netbook, so no, it really won’t be much use to you when you aren’t on the net.
  • Ease of installation:  No flash drives, no bootable flags, if you are running windows, just download, execute, and …… wait.  It was the easiest OS install i ever did, except i really didn’t do anything at all.  It was great!

My setup:  Up until last week i have been running Windows 7, and Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook remix in a dual-boot setup on my Asus eee PC 1005HA w/ 2Gb RAM.  I’m now a triple-booter 🙂

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