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Over the last week, Jolicloud started rolling out the first complete version of its Linux distribution to existing users. ZDNet UK's David Meyer gives this report.
The distro is highly netbook-centric and, until Jolicloud 1.0, looked very much like the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on which it is based. However, the new version looks significantly different to the 'pre-final release' that preceded it. That was an unusual move for the company, as major user interface (UI) changes tend to be tested in beta before their final release.
At the time of writing, there is no direct installer for Jolicloud 1.0, so getting it relies on installing the pre-final release, then getting an invitation to upgrade.
Jolicloud was founded last year by Tariq Krim, who before that had set up iGoogle competitor Netvibes. The French Linux company is backed by venture capitalists including Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype.
Credit screen shots and captions: David Meyer ZDNet UK
The operating system is one of the few to support Nokia's netbook, mainly because the device uses Intel's Linux-phobic 'Poulsbo' GMA500 graphics chip. However, Jolicloud — which has a long list of supported devices — automatically handles the Booklet 3G's chipset and 720p resolution with ease.
The splash screen for Jolicloud 1.0 is shown here on a Nokia Booklet 3G.