Jolicloud explained

February 20, 2011

Cloud computing entails working with your data online, and is also known as Internet based computing. Stacking up your photos externally using a photo sharing website is also a part of working on the cloud.

But just uploading and downloading your data does not mean you are taking full advantage of working on the cloud, since it is possible to move your whole computing infrastructure online.

Jolicloud is an Internet based operating system built on the Linux kernel, and aims to bring cloud computing to more users by combining desktop software and the Web.

It has been developed to run on netbooks, which are known for their limited performance due to slow CPU speed, less storage memory and small display size.

But the Jolicloud team has turned these into an advantage, as their vision is, 'A world where computers are inexpensive, operating systems are free and software is online.'

As most people use the netbook for nothing but net surfing, Jolicloud turns your netbook into a web oriented device, adding your personal touches and social interaction preferences.

Since it is designed specifically for netbooks, this doesn't mean it can't run on any PC. It should run perfectly on most computers, even with your current Windows installation. And you can revive old, unused computers and make them usable, at least for web browsing or for the kids to learn computer basics on.

All that you need to start using Jolicloud is the latest copy of the operating system. You can download it for free from their website ( and then choose the desired configuration.

Jolicloud automatically chooses the best configuration to give you the best experience, but you can tweak it if necessary.

Then you need to create an account to hold all your data, from the operating system applications to other documents and multimedia files. Being connected to the Internet is necessary when using Jolicloud, therefore, it is WiFi and 3G supported.

Once you verify and activate your account, you will be ready to set up applications from the App Directory with a one click install, no download required, just a click and it's at your account.

As the whole operating system experience is centred around the web, the user interface has been built with web standard languages like HTML5 and JavaScript.

I tested the Alpha version last year, and after seeing version 1.0 now, I can appreciate the work done on the user interface design, which makes it easier to navigate and understand your workspace. The developers have completely replaced the old interface with a new HTML5 sleek interface.

One of the major updates to this version is the ability to synchronise installed applications with all your systems running on Jolicloud, no matter on how many devices you have installed it. All of them will be synchronised automatically.

With the app-sharing experience, Jolicloud has gone the social networking way and made the experience a shareable one by offering a 'like' option, similar to the one in Facebook, and a favourites app where others can see what your recommendations are.

Although Jolicloud is a modified version of Linux, it can run native Linux applications and execute terminal commands. I really can't find a simpler OS than Jolicloud.

It's easy to install and backs up your data on the cloud while you socialise with your Facebook friends or 'Joliclouders.' It is the most suitable OS for any netbook in the market.