The Jolicloud desktop mode is now available for download in the latest update, which, like most standard OS interfaces to function properly to begin almost immediately. The learning curve is low, with the possibility, depending on the “Preferences” section coupled switch, making it applicable to decisions that are higher than 1024 x 600.Now in Acer Aspire One 533…..
The biggest change in version 1.0 is that Jolicloud has completely replaced the Ubuntu Netbook Remix program launcher and user interface with a new UI built using HTML5. Now the entire operating system has a more uniform look and feel, including the app launcher, app store, and social activity stream area where you can see what apps your friends and followers have installed on their netbooks.
While Jolicloud is based on Linux and can run native Linux apps, the operating system is designed to blur the distinction between native apps and web apps. So you can install a desktop application such as Skype or GIMP from the app store, but you can also install Facebook or Twitter and an icon will show up on your home screen that you can press to launch the web browser and visit those web sites.
But it’s not just the focus on cloud-based apps that makes Jolicloud good for netbooks. The OS also plays nicely with the power management features of Intel Atom chips, underclocking the CPU to save battery life when it can, and cranking up the CPU cycles when you need a bit more performance.
We’re always skeptical when it comes to underground operating systems whipped up for one specific purpose, but Jolicloud has managed to continually impress us with each passing build. Now, at long last, the netbook-centric OS has arrived at the magical 1.0, and our comrades over at Netbook News have managed to score an early copy.
Better still, they’re showcasing it on Acer’s just-released Aspire One 533, and if the bootup speed is any indication, we’d say the two are a match made in heaven. The 1.0 version sure looks grown-up compared to those earlier builds, and while we suspect it would take a bit of getting used to before we really found ourselves comfortable in an app-driven desktop OS, we definitely like the looks of it. Feel free to hop on past the break for a lengthy video demonstration of the refaced system, and if you’re currently using an earlier version, the company has informed the world that upgrades will start slipping out as early as this week.