June 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm
The Jolicloud website is now live. There’s not too much on there right now, you’ll find a new Blog page where you’ll find continuous updates along with Jolicloud’s twitter feed. There is also a list of supported hardware, it’s only an initial list and will be added to as time goes on. I found the most useful part the ‘First Look’ section, which gives you a number of screenshots which are annotated to give you an idea of what to expect.
It all looks very user friendly and invites for the Alpha will start to be sent out in the next couple of days. Due to some bug-squashing and server issues it may take some time before invites start to arrive though. On the site you’ll also find the Jolicloud Manifesto which lays out the ideas behind the operating system.
Jolicloud is based on Ubuntu and Debian but is optimized significantly for use with netbooks that are permanently connected to the Internet, whether it’s over WiFi or 3G. It enables users to install a bunch of web applications that run as if they were installed natively, including Gmail, Skype, Boxee, Twitter, Facebook, DropBox, Meebo, and many more.
The OS is also compatible with Linux, Windows, AIR and web applications that support Flash and Gears for offline web. We have included a slideshow of some Jolicloud screenshots below, courtesy of TechCrunch.