The message from today’s announcement is clear – with Jolicloud 1.1 the French developer is offering its users an experience one step ahead of what Google, Apple and Microsoft are announcing. “While everybody talks about HTML5 as the future, we deliver it today, now and for everyone,” explains the blog post. “But here is the trick, you should not be forced to buy an expensive device to benefit of these technologies. With Jolicloud, you just need to recycle any computer.”
“Today, we are stepping away from “the netbook only OS”. They are about 100 to 300 million computers waiting right now for Jolicloud to reveal their full potential. We hope that you will help bring as many people as possible to Jolicloud and donate computers you don’t need anymore to schools, kids or people that could benefit from using a better interface to the web. Getting everyone online is too important to let those hundreds of millions of computers sleeping or thrown. The new focus of the OS is about recycling computers.
While Jolicloud is keen to point out that Jolicloud isn’t just a netbook distro, the firm recently released Vye Jolibook, an Intel Atom-powered 10.1″ netbook currently only available in the UK for £279.99. Linux User & Developer is currently testing it in-house – watch out for our review early next week.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what Jolicloud 1.1 offers:
- Dashboard customization with beautiful background images
- Simplified access to the computer settings
- Ability to add any local app to your dashboard from a Jolicloud device
- Faster sign up and login using Facebook Connect
- Improved user interface design