Jolicloud changes name and direction

Jolicloud changes name and direction

Summary: Jolicloud will have a new name and direction, according to comments made on Monday by project founder Tariq Krim.The Jolicloud operating system — touted for its HTML 5 and cloud sync capabilities — will be known as Joli OS "to avoid confusion" and Jolicloud will be used to refer to the online desktop, Krim said in a blog post.

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Jolicloud will have a new name and direction, according to comments made on Monday by project founder Tariq Krim.

The Jolicloud operating system — touted for its HTML 5 and cloud sync capabilities — will be known as Joli OS "to avoid confusion" and Jolicloud will be used to refer to the online desktop, Krim said in a blog post.

Despite the successes — which include 300,000 new Jolicloud account registrations since August — of the Jolicloud desktop, Krim said it was imperative to "expand our experience beyond our own OS to be relevant on other platforms".

In order to reach a wider audience — and in addition to the existing Jolicloud Chrome web app — the cloud-synced Jolicloud desktop will be available as a web app for Firefox 4 and Safari 5 in future. It will also be available for the iPad as "an experimental HTML 5 port", Krim said.

An update to Jolicloud 1.2 is also due to launch later this week. The upgrade is expected to see the switch to an HTML 5-based filesystem instead of the Nautilus file manager used on the Gnome desktop, according to a post made on Twitter by Krim.

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  • And Android! Jolicloud on Android. What does that even mean?
    David Meyer
  • Hmmm, I wonder what this really means in terms of direction and future development? On one hand, by writing in HTML 5 Jolicloud is in a position to have their "desktop" run in browsers like this more or less irrespective of the underlying operating system. So perhaps what they are doing is uncoupling the success of their main product from the success of Linux, or their version of Linux? On the other hand, they seem to have made a lot of investment and a lot of noise about their Linux distribution, including recently releasing an update specifically to include support for "older hardware" (mainly legacy nVidia graphic cards), and promised another such update in the near future (aimed at legacy ATI cards).

    Which way are they really going, I wonder?

    jw
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