Jolicloud 1.1 improves boot time and battery life
Following a one week delay, cloud OS start-up Jolicloud has announced the release of the first point update to version 1.0 of its netbook operating system. Jolicloud is a free, Linux-based operating system aimed at netbook computers. It features built-in social networking support, allowing users to collaborate and share with their friends, along with the option to back up user data to the cloud.
Based on the Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu (10.04), Jolicloud 1.1 features a faster boot time with a new introduction animation, support for HD video and Flash on supported hardware and significant improvements to battery life. Other changes include the ability to customise the dashboard with background images, simplified computer settings, the option to add any application to the dashboard, faster sign up and login using Facebook Connect and an improved user interface.
While originally targeted only at netbooks, the developers say that they are "stepping away" from being "the netbook only OS" and focusing on becoming the OS that users can adopt for their older computers. Discussing the latest version, the developers say, "With what we are releasing today, Jolicloud will bring all its users one step ahead of what Google, Apple and Microsoft are announcing," adding that, "When everybody talks about HTML5 as the future, we deliver it today, now and for everyone. 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".
More details about the release can be found in the official release announcement and in previous blog posts about the update. Jolicloud 1.1 is available to download from the project's site and via BitTorrent and documentation is provided. Users can choose between installing Jolicloud via a standard ISO image or alongside Windows using Jolicloud Express. Jolicloud is licensed under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) and other open source licences.
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