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Announcing the new Jolicloud Alpha 2c release

by Jolicloud Team

August 6th, 2009

As you know, at Jolicloud, we believe that the out of the box experience is key. We thank you for taking the time to install and test Jolicloud on your netbook. We want to make sure that as many WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G USB keys as possible are supported. We have noted however that a few of you have been experiencing some issues.

We test our own netbooks and the sample devices received directly from manufacturers. Thanks to our users we have also been able to test the most popular models, but we don’t own every netbook available on the market. As we are based in France, we can only access the models available in Europe. For instance, the HP Mini is not sold in Europe, despite its popularity in the US. To validate the HP Mini’s compatibility, we use a Compaq equivalent but it is not exactly the same. Even between similar models we don’t always find the same components. For instance, some MSI Winds are sold under the brands Advent or Medion, depending on the country. When you compare the different WiFi cards, 3G modems, webcams, and other third-party add-ons, there is a lot to test!

So we need your continued help to ensure that every netbook works to its fullest potential. If you’re testing Jolicloud and you encounter any hardware problems, please consider sending the result of `sudo lspci -v -nn` (in Terminal) to feedback (at) jolicloud (dot) com. Please let us know what is and is not working, and if you encounter any netbook compatibility issues. If you use Twitter or GetSatisfaction, please be precise in what netbook model you are using and your expected results.

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Caféine, iPhone et Jolicloud – My best digital tools, by watata on Flickr.

By listening to your feedback on Twitter and on GetSatisfaction and doing some testing directly with many of you (thanks to all our testers to date), we have been able to fix several reported bugs. These bug fixes will be available to you today via our latest release, the Jolicloud Alpha 2c.

But this new release is not only about fixing bugs on various platforms, it is also about improving the performances of all netbooks by upgrading to the latest stable version of the Linux kernel. More impressive optimizations will follow shortly, but this release should result in your system booting and running faster.

To take benefit of Jolicloud Alpha 2c, all you have to do is upgrade your system, using our automatic-update tool. If you are new to Jolicloud and want to know more about how to update your system, please have a look at this previous post.

Below is a list of bugs that have been solved in the Alpha 2c. If you are interested to understand why we believe jolicloud is more optimized than other netbook distributions, you can refer to this wiki entry.

No sound on the HP Mini 1000 and on the Compaq Mini 700EF: Fixed

There have been issues with the sound produced by the  HP Mini 1000 and Compaq Mini 700EF. This problem has now been fixed. There is one open issue related to a ticking noise that occurs if the soundcard is muted. This last issue is being addressed and will be resolved in a future update.

Internal microphone failing to work on the Samsung NC10: Fixed

There were reports of the Samsung NC10′s microphone not working correctly. This has been addressed by an updated configuration package which adjusts your mixer levels on bootup.

By the way, for all the Samsung netbooks owners, there is a specific tip to adjust the brightness on the Samsung netbooks. At startup, press F2 to enter the BIOS. Then, in the “Boot” section, switch “Brightness Mode Control” from “Auto” to “User Control”. This will make it possible to get the display back to full brightness!

No wireless connection on the MSI Wind U100 and U120, Asus Eee PC 701SD: Fixed

The MSI Winds and EeePC 701SD use a slightly different WiFi card from most other netbook models. This card is now supported in our latest kernel upgrade.

Disabled webcam on the Asus Eee PC 701: Fixed

Jolicloud did support the webcam on the Asus Eee PC 701, but it had to be enabled within the BIOS. Jolicloud now automatically controls the webcam on startup, and this problem should also now be resolved.

Wireless on the EeePC 1005HA and 1008HA was inconsistent: Fixed

The wireless connection should now be more stable on the Asus Eee PC 1008HA & 1005HA after the upgrade to the latest kernel.

Firefox patch to improve general performance

Today’s available updates include improved Firefox performance but we are still working with Mozilla to get an optimized version of Firefox 3.5 for Jolicloud. More news coming soon on this one.

New applet to manage your computer speed and battery life

A new applet is now available in your taskbar to let you manage your computer’s battery life and performance more easily (see the screenshot below).

CPU Frequency Applet

Almost there: Jolicloud’s new Atom super optimized kernel

We’re constantly working on new features and upgrades to make your experience on Jolicloud better. Our next big release will be our Jolicloud Atom super optimized Linux kernel which will take advantage of the Intel Atom processor installed on many of today’s netbooks.

Some of the features this kernel will provide are: faster boot, faster response, better battery and graphic support. Our coming roadmap is busy and exciting.

Also, for non-Atom netbooks (Eee PCs 700, 900, etc) we are committed to maintaining backwards support for these older models as our objective is to support as many netbooks as possible!

We hope you enjoy Jolicloud Alpha 2c, and look forward to your feedback!

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August 6, 2009
7:18 pm

It could be possible use a google apps account with the google services that are in jolicloud? (i.e.: gtalk)

Anyway, congratulations, and keep the good job!!!


robrt
August 6, 2009
7:20 pm

Hooray for sound on the hp mini!

Thanks so much.


FrankBonatelli
August 6, 2009
7:34 pm

Fantastic Battery life with the throttle back applet. Under a minuet boot time and oooooooo sound out of my speakers with my HP mini 1035nr.
Thanks for that.
When will we be able to tweek the color schemes and such witha good front end app for the netbook launcher? This would be fun.


August 6, 2009
7:58 pm

Possible to have a new img file in the download page ?


AdamsJourney
August 6, 2009
8:00 pm

Any way we could get the img for this? I ran the update last night and cannot get Jolicloud to launch and Firefox 3.0.13 also wouldn’t launch. Not sure if the update from last night would’ve been this version though.


August 6, 2009
8:02 pm

I might be wrong, but I think HP Mini might be available from the UK education provider RM?

Thanks for the latest release, looking forward to trying it out on my 701 again. Niks


August 6, 2009
8:15 pm

Wooot, 2 problems solved with 1 update. Great :) My 1005HA-A is happy. :)


August 6, 2009
8:27 pm

Now I want to be able to use the “kill the trackpad” key (and more office apps :x )


August 6, 2009
9:38 pm

very forward to support the hardware keys (sound, switching to an external monitor, etc.) on EEE PC 701


August 6, 2009
9:51 pm

Alot of us use GOOGLE APP, we need an app to open our google hosted email, calendar, etc…

thank you for the good work.


August 6, 2009
10:48 pm

Can’t wait for that Atom’s custom kernel!!! :D
Keep up the good job!


August 7, 2009
2:56 am

I also would like the new alpha version uploaded to the download page, I want to try my luck installing 2c on my HP Mini, as 2B hasn’t been working.


yado
August 7, 2009
6:59 am

Skype with the Samsung N-310 webcam not working !!


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Darren Ho
August 7, 2009
10:13 am

Hi I can’t get Jolicloud to update via the dashboard. It is stuck at checking for new updates on August 5th and I can’t install any new apps too. How do I resolve this?


August 7, 2009
10:47 am

Skype on the HP Mini the mic dosn’t work


August 7, 2009
11:49 am

Great job on the sound fix for the HP Mini 1000. I’ll be slapping on the new 2c release when I get home. Thanks! :D


Taylor
August 7, 2009
2:18 pm

My Huawei E220 modem connects fine but no traffic flows upon loading a page. We also need a PDF reader app, or some sort of way of putting custom programs on the home screens.


Vlad
August 7, 2009
2:49 pm

The system now runs sluggish when navigating the home screen on an EEE 900.

When using an application–there is no problem.


kevinoshea
August 7, 2009
8:30 pm

The new version will not boot on my Asus PC eee900. I fails on attemt to load x. I’ve reloaded the older beta and updated Ubuntu files but cannot update Joli.


August 9, 2009
2:25 am

thanks for your feeback

we are going to investigate all the new issues ?


August 9, 2009
8:09 pm

As @jakescheck said on Twitter: “the main app launcher is very slow and choppy”
Very slow compared with the previous release:-(

I’m using Asus Eee pc 7701 4G with 1 GB DRAM


Superged
August 10, 2009
9:41 am

May I suggest to add a VNC client?
Thanks for the good work


August 23, 2009
10:58 am

Looks like something is a little weird with the use of external displays:

On a standard 9.04 NBR i can go to 1280*1024 with DE-activated 10″
On Jolicloud i just can go to 1024*768 and have the 10″ to be activated as virtual desktop – which uses ressources.

System’s a EeePC 1000H wit 2 Gigs…


August 26, 2009
4:42 pm

@Superged
sudo apt-get install vinagre


September 2, 2009
10:33 pm

Ok I have an MSI Wind and installed all the updates but I still don’t have wifi. Is there anything I need to do to activate wifi? How do i search for available networks?


johnny
September 8, 2009
5:25 am

Jolicloud works great with the gateway lt3104. Besides the issue with cpu frequency, which I found some ubuntu users have corrected, would it work for jolicloud too? It really makes battery life miserable 3 1/2 hrs maybe. So if there is a fix it would be wonderful.


Fredrik Wengelin
September 8, 2009
10:45 am

When can we get the Skype 2.1 Beta for Linux update?


Dave Jones
October 27, 2009
4:32 pm

I have an HP Mini and I can’t use the microphone. Have tested in Skype. Tried the headphone/microphone jack(all-in-one) and that doesn’t seem to work either.


October 28, 2009
2:12 pm

Hi,
I tried to turn off my wifi, it worked well, and I can’t turn it back on!!!
I pressed Fn + f2 but nothing happens… I ticked network enabled but still nothing works, I need to turn my wifi back on!!

Thx for the help


Sound
December 11, 2009
6:28 am

Sound isn’t working for me, not sure if you guys care because I’m not using a netbook (I’m using a full computer, emachines t3640) but I think it requires the realtek hd audio driver, tried to install that and it didn’t work so… I’m not sure…


    Olly Story
    June 2, 2010
    12:05 pm

    Hello, sound stops working for me too.
    It’ll beep at me whenever I’m at the login stage, but once I’ve logged in it seems to be hit or miss if the sound will work or not.


      Olly Story
      June 2, 2010
      12:07 pm

      Oh yeah, I forgot to say, I’m using a dell 10 mini.


December 26, 2009
4:01 am

I don’t know whether its the USB Creator or the Jolicloud core itself but I’m having the same issue as kevinoshea – not booting on my EEE PC 900.

Is there a way to download a previous version of either?


Richard Billings
January 2, 2010
12:11 am

No microphone on HP Mini 1000


kathy Hayes
January 7, 2010
2:28 pm

My eee pc 1008ha will not shut off. I had to wait until the battery depleted as you cannot take the battery out. If you close the lid, it goes into hibernate mode then there is no way to bring it out of it. There is no way to shut this computer off. Control, Alt, Delete does not work, It goes to a black screen and says shutting down but never does.


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Cédric Duclos
June 3, 2010
3:49 pm

@Olly Story

Right-click on the Volume applet and check nothing has been muted.


Adhitya Indra
July 8, 2010
2:36 pm

How to use My Webcam in HP Mini 210-1014 series..?


    July 8, 2010
    4:52 pm

    You can test it with Cheese.
    It’s available in our App Center :)


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Sound still not working for me. I have an Asus Eee PC netbook.


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