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jolicloud-logoI’ve finally found my ideal netbook operating system. It’s called Jolicloud. Let me explain.

A netbook is not a laptop. It is smaller, less powerful and considerably cheaper. This isn’t to say a netbook is inferior to a laptop; on the contrary, I use my Eee PC more often than any other computer. I mean only to say that a netbook is different than a laptop, and as such should be used differently.

It’s for that reason I’m not interested in using an operating system designed for desktop computers – such as Windows or Ubuntu – on my netbook. I want something designed to do what netbooks do best – access the net – but which also allows for some flexibility. I want a system optimized for netbooks that’s easy to install and set up. I want my netbook to work, consistently and quickly.


I’ve been looking for the perfect operating system download for netbook, and along the way I’ve checked out Chrome OS and Moblin. Chrome’s Internet-only approach turned me off, and while I was quite impressed with Moblin, I concluded it’s not quite ready to be my primary netbook operating system yet.

Jolicloud, however, is the real deal. It exists in a world where desktop applications and web apps are on the same level, and it does so with style. Best of all, it’s extremely easy to use.

Why It’s Cool

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At first glance, regular Linux users will think the Jolicloud operating system download for netbook looks like a skinned Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Jolicloud is based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04, and Ubuntu users will certainly feel right at home, but Jolicloud’s got more to offer than just a new color scheme.

Jolicloud’s mission is to build an operating system completely optimized for netbooks. This is made evident by the system’s optimized Linux configuration, designed to get the most out of netbook hardware. Also, the programs offered are lean to begin with, and then tweaked to run quickly and best make use of a netbook’s limited screen space. For example, here is how Firefox looks out of the box on Jolicloud:

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As you can see, the top of the window is integrated into the top toolbar – a tweak Jolicloud inherited from Ubuntu Netbook Remix. That’s not all, though. The “File Edit View” toolbar is gone, replaced by a single arrow to the right of the search box. The statusbar disappears until you start loading a site – an interface idea borrowed from Google Chrome.

All of these tweaks are designed to save the netbook user what he lacks most: vertical space. This means there’s more room on the netbook’s small screen to look at content, as less is used showing toolbars that aren’t absolutely necessary to have on the screen.

Such tweaks are subtle, and the user could obviously do these things themselves with Ubuntu or Windows to create their own perfect netbook operating system. But they don’t have to, because Jolicloud exists.

Application Manager

Perhaps the greatest thing about Jolicloud is its application manager. Hundreds of free apps are available, and all can be installed with a single click.

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To install any of these programs, the user needs only click the “Install” button beneath them. It’s that easy. Boxee Boxee Beta - The Best Media Center App for Your TV Boxee Beta - The Best Media Center App for Your TV Read More , Dropbox, VLC, Skype and Google Chrome are all featured here, so MakeUseOf readers should feel right at home with the selection.

You’ll also notice Gmail, Google Maps and Facebook are listed here as applications. Many of the applications available to Jolicloud users are, in fact, websites – fitting for a netbook operating system, and quite savvy when you consider the way people use computers today.

Web Apps

A lot of the websites most people use every day – including Gmail, Remember the Milk and Google Calendar“”are better thought of as applications than they are websites. Gmail, for example, is a complete email interface (and an extremely powerful one at that.)

Such websites-as-applications are so common on today’s Internet that we even have a term for them: web apps.

Jolicloud offers hundreds of web apps in its application manager. Install these and those given web apps can run in their own window, apart from your browser.

Check it out:

jolicloud-gmail

Here you can see the Gmail app opened in Jolicloud. As you can tell, it’s basically a full-screen browser, sans toolbars or controls – that is, it’s Gmail as though Gmail were a program and not a web site.

It sounds useless, but it’s not. The vertical space saved by leaving out the various toolbars means you’ve more room to use Gmail for reading and sending email. Since everything you need to use Gmail is included in Gmail itself, however, you won’t miss the flexibility of a browser.

Best of all, if you click a link in an email it will open in your browser window, leaving your Gmail window running Gmail.

What I really love about this approach is it means I can use my browser just for browsing. As an avid user of Google’s various offerings as part of my work flow, I always have a Gmail tab, a Google Maps tab and a Google Voice tab open on my browser.

Not anymore. Now I leave those programs running as separate web apps, meaning that when I’m researching an article or troubleshooting a technical problem I can focus on the task at hand: browsing.

Compatibility

The Jolicloud team lists all compatible hardware on its website. If your netbook is on that list you can expect full, out-of-the-box compatibility. If not, there’s a good chance Jolicloud will still work for you, and the team always appreciates learning about new models that work. Give it a shot either way.

Download Jolicloud

Installing the Jolicloud operating system download for netbook is easy. If your netbook runs Windows you can download a single executable – run it and Jolicloud will install like any other application. This is a great way to try out this new operating system. Download the Jolicloud installer for Windows here.

Alternatively, you can download the ISO file. Jolicloud even provides an easy-to-use program that can copy the image to a flash drive””though be warned, the program deletes all data on your flash drive. Download the Jolicloud ISO and image-writing software here.

Conclusion

If you’ve read about Jolicloud before, and though it was just a gimmick, you’re not alone: I thought so too. But after trying it out I have to say I’m impressed. Everything worked out of the box, and it featured the sleekest way to install and update software I’ve seen on any platform. This is a netbook operating system done right, so give it a spin.

And when you do, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think this represents a good approach to a netbook operating system? Or do you think another operating system does a better job? Comment away!

  1. Zebron1234
    February 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I thought Jolicloud was just a storage cloud that takes files from other web storages, such as Dropbox & Google Drive...

    PS: I discovered Jolicloud as a Firefox app while browsing Firefox's app marketplace. XD

    • Justin Pot
      February 16, 2015 at 2:09 am

      I wrote this article 5 years ago, and at that time Jolicloud was a Ubuntu-based OS. It's changed...a lot since then. I'm not even sure what it is anymore.

  2. Claus
    May 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Hi, I discovered MUO via the DISQUS blog and I'm glad I did. I've had an Eee 900 since they first came out, but was never thrilled by the speed of its original Linux. I tried switching to Ubuntu Netbook Remix which looked slicker, but felt even more unresponsive at most times. Finally I tried Windows 7 with the same results. Now running Jolicloud, flash video plays smoothly, I can open more than 1-2 tabs in the browser concurrently, and all hardware including sound and webcam worked out of the box. Jolicloud may be based on Ubuntu, but it's way more optimized for my aging Eee than their Netbook Remix. Thanks to your article, my netbook is actually usable for the first time!

  3. irha
    May 17, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Does this come with good support for audio/video chat for popular protocols?

    On a side note, I am really enjoying the chrome's full screen mode on Mac OS X. It gave me new meaning for my otherwise slow netbook. It made my browsing experience faster and the full screen mode makes the best use of the screen real estate (with nothing but the browser visible). I am waiting for the "better gmail" extension to support netbook layout to make reading gmail even better.

  4. Anonymous
    May 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Does this come with good support for audio/video chat for popular protocols?

    On a side note, I am really enjoying the chrome's full screen mode on Mac OS X. It gave me new meaning for my otherwise slow netbook. It made my browsing experience faster and the full screen mode makes the best use of the screen real estate (with nothing but the browser visible). I am waiting for the "better gmail" extension to support netbook layout to make reading gmail even better.

  5. David Rogers
    May 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Justin, this from a computer dummy: I like the idea of Jolicloud. But my setup seems to do the same. Currently I am using W-7 Starter OS on my Banghó (Argentine-made) netbook with Chrome browser. The web apps I use most are kept running in tabs on Chrome -- they open every time I get online, all of them. I can access them instantly, and they don´t bother whatever I´m working on. Chrome takes up less than an inch of viewing space. Full-screen and text size can be toggled instantly with keystrokes, and Readability (another MUO suggestion) makes for easy reading on the netbook, again at the touch of a button. Google´s desktop browser -- that white bar that appears in the middle of the screen with the double-click of Control -- is a superfast surfboard. How could Jolicloud improve on this setup? That´s a real question -- what am I missing here?

  6. David Rogers
    May 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Justin, this from a computer dummy: I like the idea of Jolicloud. But my setup seems to do the same. Currently I am using W-7 Starter OS on my Banghó (Argentine-made) netbook with Chrome browser. The web apps I use most are kept running in tabs on Chrome -- they open every time I get online, all of them. I can access them instantly, and they don´t bother whatever I´m working on. Chrome takes up less than an inch of viewing space. Full-screen and text size can be toggled instantly with keystrokes, and Readability (another MUO suggestion) makes for easy reading on the netbook, again at the touch of a button. Google´s desktop browser -- that white bar that appears in the middle of the screen with the double-click of Control -- is a superfast surfboard. How could Jolicloud improve on this setup? That´s a real question -- what am I missing here?

  7. Robert Frommer
    May 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    This OS is great. It was the ONLY Linux version that installed on my Dell Mini 10 without any problems. Video and WiFi both were a problem with all the Ubuntu UNR versions. This is obviously based on UNR 9.04, which, in my opinion, is the best of the UNR releases, but made even simpler to work with and more usable on the netbook screen. I installed it on a 4 gig flash drive and it performs quite well considering.
    The only issue was the audio on Skype (pulseaudio), which was an issue on the original UNR release. I resolved it by installing the older (2.0.72) version of Skype, but beware of the automatic updating.
    I highly recommend it for all the Dell Mini users, who cannot install Ubuntu UNR due to the lack of adequate drivers.

  8. Robert Frommer
    May 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    This OS is great. It was the ONLY Linux version that installed on my Dell Mini 10 without any problems. Video and WiFi both were a problem with all the Ubuntu UNR versions. This is obviously based on UNR 9.04, which, in my opinion, is the best of the UNR releases, but made even simpler to work with and more usable on the netbook screen. I installed it on a 4 gig flash drive and it performs quite well considering.
    The only issue was the audio on Skype (pulseaudio), which was an issue on the original UNR release. I resolved it by installing the older (2.0.72) version of Skype, but beware of the automatic updating.
    I highly recommend it for all the Dell Mini users, who cannot install Ubuntu UNR due to the lack of adequate drivers.

  9. Reno
    April 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I have an Acer Aspire One 512 meg ram and 8 gig SSD.
    Tried Linpus Lite (what a mess), Kuki (not bad but still glitchy), CrunchBang (minimalist and light on resources but too "techy" to be simple/easy. Finally settled on Jolicloud - quick, intuitive, easy, supported by an excellent team of developers. I love the "cloud computing" idea, especially for netbooks. Just the right mix of ease and functionality.
    Don't want not Chrome. Don't want no Moblin. Give me Jolicloud!

  10. Cedric
    April 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I received a notofication about an install on a notebook but I don't see the comment now.
    So, for those users who have an issue, be aware Jolicloud is designed for netbooks, not for notebooks but it's worth to try and you can find help http://www.jolicloud.com/suppo...

  11. Cedric
    April 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I received a notofication about an install on a notebook but I don't see the comment now.
    So, for those users who have an issue, be aware Jolicloud is designed for netbooks, not for notebooks but it's worth to try and you can find help http://www.jolicloud.com/support

  12. Rudy
    April 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I have successfully downloaded Jolicloud on my Dell XPS computer. I can connect with the internet on my wireless network with Windows XP but can't connect with Jolicloud? I have printed out my Ethernet adapter wireless network connection settings but don't where to apply them?
    Any Help?
    Thanks,
    Rudy

  13. Paul
    April 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

    installed on toshiba nb205-310. dual boot with xp.
    runs great. encountered no problems. wired/wireless no problem
    After 2 days no complaints at all.

  14. Cintra
    March 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Jolicloud half caught my attention a month or two ago, but I passed it by until yesterday, when I saw "..whats in store when they roll out their next release" on Netbooknews.com, where I saw the word Chrome ;) Having bought an ASUS 1005HA in order to check out hexxeh's Chromium OS, I thought why not install Jolicloud Express via XP on that netbook.

    I was amazed by the simple installation. All I had to do when it rebooted, was select my wifi access point, change the keyboard to Norwegian, and away it went.

    I replaced Firefox with Chrome as default browser, added Xmarks, Evernote clipper, a few more of my usual extensions, added DropBox, VLC, Remember the Milk, and Evernote, and started to enjoy really using the 1005HA for the first time..

    One other thing I did, was make the netbook accessible by Remote Control, so I could sit at my iMac and control Jolicloud using JollysfastVNC.

    All this went without a hitch.. other than having to wait an hour or so for my Account code.

    Oh yes, and Jolicloud detected my iMac and an ION 330 on the network OK without my doing anything.. thats a sight better than Windows 7 manages!

    Highly impressed! Beats Moblin into a cocked hat as I believe "they say" :)

  15. Cintra
    March 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Jolicloud half caught my attention a month or two ago, but I passed it by until yesterday, when I saw "..whats in store when they roll out their next release" on Netbooknews.com, where I saw the word Chrome ;) Having bought an ASUS 1005HA in order to check out hexxeh's Chromium OS, I thought why not install Jolicloud Express via XP on that netbook.

    I was amazed by the simple installation. All I had to do when it rebooted, was select my wifi access point, change the keyboard to Norwegian, and away it went.

    I replaced Firefox with Chrome as default browser, added Xmarks, Evernote clipper, a few more of my usual extensions, added DropBox, VLC, Remember the Milk, and Evernote, and started to enjoy really using the 1005HA for the first time..

    One other thing I did, was make the netbook accessible by Remote Control, so I could sit at my iMac and control Jolicloud using JollysfastVNC.

    All this went without a hitch.. other than having to wait an hour or so for my Account code.

    Oh yes, and Jolicloud detected my iMac and an ION 330 on the network OK without my doing anything.. thats a sight better than Windows 7 manages!

    Highly impressed! Beats Moblin into a cocked hat as I believe "they say" :)

  16. David Rogers
    March 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Justin, I want to try out JoliCloud OS but with my narrow band internet service it would take 23 days to download. If I take my 4GB pendrive to an internet cafe, do you think I could download it that way, and how long would it take? Thanks.

    • Jack Cola
      March 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      David, I highly doubt that would work. I think it would be best to tell a friend to download it for you and burn it on a cd for you to do whatever you want with it.

    • Justin Pot
      March 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Jack. You're right: unless you personally know the owner of the cafe, this isn't a viable solution. Ask a friend with a good connection to hook you up.

  17. Randy
    February 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I just installed Jolicloud on an old Thinkpad T41 and it works like a champ! It runs on my old hardware with minimal RAM and I'm very happy with it. My old laptop has some use again.

  18. klu9
    February 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Jesus, that's the SPACE-OPTIMISED Firefox?!

    Look at all that real estate between... well, everything: the top of the screen and the title text, the title text and the address bar, the top and bottom of the address bar and the text inside it, and so on and so on.

    It's 122 pixels down before you even get to the web page.

    Here's a shot ( http://imgur.com/N7qeV.png ) of Opera with the Nebula Super Slim skin on my XP netbook. No hacking required or special skills required.

    It's 75 pixels from the top of the screen to the top of the web page, and that's with the bookmarks bar on, which I never have, just to be "fair" coz there's one in the FF screenshot. Without that it's 61 pixels.
    http://imgur.com/MS5tW.png

    Exactly *half * the "space-optimised" Firefox.

  19. klu9
    February 25, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Jesus, that's the SPACE-OPTIMISED Firefox?!

    Look at all that real estate between... well, everything: the top of the screen and the title text, the title text and the address bar, the top and bottom of the address bar and the text inside it, and so on and so on.

    It's 122 pixels down before you even get to the web page.

    Here's a shot ( http://imgur.com/N7qeV.png ) of Opera with the Nebula Super Slim skin on my XP netbook. No hacking required or special skills required.

    It's 75 pixels from the top of the screen to the top of the web page, and that's with the bookmarks bar on, which I never have, just to be "fair" coz there's one in the FF screenshot. Without that it's 61 pixels.
    http://imgur.com/MS5tW.png

    Exactly *half * the "space-optimised" Firefox.

  20. Chuck B.
    February 22, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I've been using JoliCloud on a 3 year old Sony Vaio notebook since November. I'd wiped the drive completely after the Vista installation got corrupted, and tried it with Mint and DreamLinux dual-booting, but wiped it again and installed JoliCloud. It's been a clean and fast operating system, I've used it for web access, email, photo editing/re-touching, word processing, most everything I do on my desktop except for video editing. I installed it from a CD to which I'd burned the ISO image, with no problem.

    Like others, I'm not ready to give up all control to the "cloud" just yet. I want local, native applications, and JoliCloud give me what I want.

  21. David Rogers
    February 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Justin, I want Jolicloud! However, i have a netbook with a narrow band thumbdrive internet service and after I started the Jolicloud download it said it would take 13 days. Is there a way I can interrupt the download at times when it´s necessary to shut down the netbook, and resume downloading where it left off?

    • Justin Pot
      February 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      I'd highly recommend downloading the ISO via Bittorrent. That'll allow you to shut down and carry on when you start up. Then just install from a flash drive.

  22. jim-e
    February 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Just opened a email from boxee from feb 17 on new ver. Make sure you subscribe to there email, to maintain updates. Gdebi replaces old, Yes.

  23. Jim-e
    February 20, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I've done jolicloud before and since my Gateway LT3103u has a legacy card,
    ATI Radeon X1270 Graphics and AMD RS690E Chipset, the RadeonHD Linux driver works best with this card, so 3d effects are best left off.
    UNR and jolicloud use the same composted ui, so when turned off, just a stripped down Ubuntu-Xubuntu.
    To foss2010 check out ElementOS, http://www.elementmypc.com/main/index.php purpose built, very stripped Ubuntu to build a HTPC with. I use it on my netbook and really like it as it uses a 10 foot interface, so it has nice big fonts and big buttons, and easyly installs Boxee, hulu ect.
    I also like the utubeXL app., which makes the most out of your small screen.
    Justin Pot should give this a spin.

    • Justin Pot
      February 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      I've gotta check that out that OS, Jim-e. I just use standard Ubuntu with Boxee for my HTPC right now. Thanks!

    • jim-e
      February 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      I really like it, as I am a little lazy or busy at work, or maybe both. I like the fact of downloading the dot debs of the major apps, moovidia, boxee, hulu and be done with it.
      I did found my self configuring the ui somewhat for more power using, such as multiple desktops, swapping out the clock with orage for a calender/scheduler and the xfce menu, as I still can't get used to the menu taking up the whole screen. Then shrink the bar and install some stuff for work at home OOO, Gumeric, claws mail.
      Careful with getting into the config file of his wbar as you can lose it, I can change what is there but adding additional apps to it is where I ran into some fun. He is working on a gui config for it.

      I found when doing the .deb installs from the website, best to down load first then open with Gdebi installer, to avoid the occasional error, with missing dependencies.
      Very stripped and really quick, so nice base.

  24. Jim-e
    February 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I've done jolicloud before and since my Gateway LT3103u has a legacy card,
    ATI Radeon X1270 Graphics and AMD RS690E Chipset, the RadeonHD Linux driver works best with this card, so 3d effects are best left off.
    UNR and jolicloud use the same composted ui, so when turned off, just a stripped down Ubuntu-Xubuntu.
    To foss2010 check out ElementOS, http://www.elementmypc.com/mai... purpose built, very stripped Ubuntu to build a HTPC with. I use it on my netbook and really like it as it uses a 10 foot interface, so it has nice big fonts and big buttons, and easyly installs Boxee, hulu ect.
    I also like the utubeXL app., which makes the most out of your small screen.
    Justin Pot should give this a spin.

  25. Jeff Schallenberg
    February 20, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I, too received an invite to the Beta about a year ago. I installed it on my eeePC 701 4G, replacing my eeeBuntu, from a USB DVD (the MUO article and the Jolicoud web site make no mention of the fact that the .ISO image is, in fact an Ubuntu LiveCD) and 'most everything worked. But I quickly got tired of the so-called WebApps, which are nothing more than re-packaged web sites. It's just too childish - almost as bad as the original Xandros interface.

    With my current favourite Linux distro, CrunchBang, and with the Chrome browser, I have an easy-to-use environment, 25-second boot time, a super-friendly user community, and CONKY!

    - Jeff Schallenberg
    Mont Saint Hilaire, Québec

    • Justin Pot
      February 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      There are certainly a lot of apps in the directory that are best used as websites, but I absolutely love having Gmail and Google Calendar in their own windows. To each their own, though!

  26. el rico
    February 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

    i am using jolicloud for 3 weeks now on a compaq nc4010 laptop, and i am very impressed, i like the handling , the layout, and indeed also the app-directory installation for new applications. I missed one application, and i did a request for a new applications, it was added to the app-directory in 5 days. It installed very easy with the windows installer, and it worked from it self. It is not a distro for tweaking, it is a distro out of the box, more out of the box than every OS i tried before.

  27. rick@rickety
    February 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I wasn't able to install it. Mount errors.

    • Jack Cola
      February 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      I wasn't able to install it either through Windows. Came up with an error after exacting the file. I downloaded both the torrent and the exe file, and non of them worked. I tried it on my netbook that was in the compatible list and one that wasn't and get the same error.

    • Justin Pot
      February 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Jack, you should consider telling the Jolicloud team about your issues. I'm sure they'd love the feedback and they might even be able to fix it for you.

      Alternatively, you can set up a dual-boot installation from a flash drive installation.

  28. Ishan@ILoveFreeSoftware
    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

    This is the first time I am hearing about this OS, but it looks pretty cool. I think I will try it out on my old laptop.

  29. Jonathan Bennett
    February 19, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Awesome, I've never even heard of Jolicloud until now. I've considered getting a netbook one day. If I do, I'll check this out for sure.

  30. Cedric
    February 19, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Sure, you can download the ISO, build a Jolicloud USB key (or burn a CD) and run a live session ;)

    You can find more details in the Partition Install guide:
    http://www.jolicloud.com/guides/partition-install#download-jolicloud-iso

    Happy Joliclouding!

    • titchi707
      April 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Hi Cedric.

      I did make a live key but would like to make a persistent key. I followed instructions but it blew me out with errors. Do you have a method for making a persistent key? I would be very grateful.

      Many thanks

      David

    • Cedric
      April 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      Hi,

      1. Plug in your Jolicloud USB key (live session)
      2. Plug in your second USB key (persitent install)
      3. Start the installer
      4. In step 4, choose the 'persistent' USB key
      5. In step 7, click on 'Advanced...'
      6. In boot loader section, choose the 'persistent' USB key again
      7. Install Jolicloud...
      8. Remove the 'live' USB key
      9. Boot from the 'persistent' USB key (you'll maybe have to configure the BIOS)

      Hope it helps ;)

      Cedric

    • titchi707
      April 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Cedric,

      Great stuff!

      Many thanks.

      I will let you know how it goes.

      All the best

      David

    • titchi707
      April 8, 2010 at 5:05 am

      Hi Cedric, I followed the instructions exactly, but continually get an error message
      'The ext4 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI5 (0,0,0) failed.

      The live boot is fine on it's own.
      On install I choose 8.1gb multiple card reader, which seems to be my pen drive. It shows as /dev/sdc later with /dev/sdc1 and (dev/sdc5) swap
      Following partitions to be formatted #1 of SCSI5 as ext 4
      #5 of SCSI5 as swap
      Select it again at stage 7 although it shows as 7.5gb
      It seems to progress to 15% then drops back to 5% then comes up with error message above.

      I would really appreciate your help as I am sure that many people are trying to create persistent USB sticks for Jolicloud rather than dual boot. It is very frustrating because Jolicoud is a great programme.

      Many thanks

      David

  31. Cedric
    February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Sure, you can download the ISO, build a Jolicloud USB key (or burn a CD) and run a live session ;)

    You can find more details in the Partition Install guide:
    http://www.jolicloud.com/guide...

    Happy Joliclouding!

  32. foss2010
    February 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I have had a question for a while about the Jolicloud, Ubuntu Netbook, Chromium OS:
    I know these are "netbook" OSs, but can I also run them on my PC?
    I would like to run them as a Live CD on my Compaq desktop - can I donwload the iso for any of them, burn them to a CD and run as a live CD on boot-up?
    Also I once installed Chromium OS with guidance from a website to a 2 GB flash drive and tried to boot up. It would not cuz we need a user and password, for which I used the ones from the website. It would continue saying that it could not connect to the network, although I had the LAN plugged in to the computer.
    I love Netbookism, although I haven't been able to buy one. So can I test-run those OSs on my PC by way of Live CD or USB install of any of the above?
    Thanks!

    • Justin Pot
      February 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

      As Cedric said, absolutely you can try out this software on your desktop. Jolicloud is built on Ubuntu, so it should work on a variety of hardware. Just note that Jolicloud doesn't provide full support for desktops, so it might not work perfectly--your network card, for example, might require proprietary drivers that Jolicloud doesn't offer and as such not work without a lot of fidgeting.

      Having said that, it doesn't hurt to try it out! Have fun!

    • Ttichi707
      March 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Hi, I have managed to get Jolicloud going on my Dell 1530 XPS.
      It is a very smart interface. Jolicloud Express installation did not work as it instaled but did not show up as a dual boot option. However, it works well from a USB stick installation following the instructions. I like the Apps.I have used Ubuntu, but am not sure how I can access windows files on the same disc other than using dropbox. I see that Wine is available. I like the feel of it, but downloaded chrome. Wireless worked straigh taway, but stopped working after system updates were installed. Coincidence? Have a go, it's interesting, but I am concerned about it mucking up the bios with the dual boot. It beeps now, even though I uninstalled express.

  33. Jack Cola
    February 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I received a BETA invite from Jolicloud, but I never got a chance to install it.

    Just a question, did you use the Windows Installer? If so, can you still use Windows?

    • Justin Pot
      February 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      I've never had Windows on my netbook, but I can say with some confidence that you'll still be able to use Windows if you install it through Windows. It'll insert itself into the Windows boot loader.

    • Jack Cola
      February 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      Looking at jolicloud.com, it looks like the express installer installs jolicloud as a separate Boot partition so you have Windows and Jolicloud.

      To uninstall, you do it through Ad Remove Programs - so I am guessing you can still access Windows.

    • Ali
      February 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      yes you can still use windows, it works pretty much exactly like wubi in ubuntu. it creates a "partion" on your windows computer and then you have a choice of whether to choice windows or jolicloud on startup. hope that helps!

  34. Jack Cola
    February 19, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Looking at jolicloud.com, it looks like the express installer installs jolicloud as a separate Boot partition so you have Windows and Jolicloud.

    To uninstall, you do it through Ad Remove Programs - so I am guessing you can still access Windows.

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