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Announcing the final Jolicloud Robby Release

by Jolicloud Team

March 4th, 2010

Since the launch of the Pre-Beta release of Jolicloud, we have been busy finding the best way to enhance the experience of our forthcoming and final Robby release.

First off the final Robby will be made publicly available later on this month. Thanks to all the feedback you sent us via Twitter, Facebook, and Get Satisfaction, we have been able to improve a lot of things that will make using Jolicloud even easier and more fun.

Switching web app platform from Prism to Google Chrome

Until now, we have been using Mozilla Prism for the rendering of web apps. After evaluating the different technologies and opportunities, we have decided to switch our entire web application platform to a Chrome foundation. All our 600+ web apps in the App Center will be automatically converted to Chrome.

As a user, you won’t need to do anything manually, everything will be done automatically via the update manager.

This switch will bring the following benefits:

  • Faster browsing experience on older netbooks thanks to the V8 JavaScript engine
  • More efficient use of the memory
  • Chrome extensions support within all web apps
  • Perfect support of Facebook Connect, Twitter Connect, and Google Authentication
  • Support of HTML5 features such as offline support and Web Sockets used by the Jolicloud platform
  • Ability to render iPhone and Android HTML5 apps natively
  • Good performance on ARM netbooks and tablets

My Jolicloud

The new Jolicloud App Center

Keeping our commitment to Firefox

This switch to Chrome for our web apps does not affect our commitment to Firefox. Firefox will still be our default browser of choice and we will always do our best to provide the latest version. In the final release we will upgrade to Firefox 3.6. By the way, the Firefox you use on Jolicloud is generally 10% faster than on any other Linux distribution. This is because we have tailored the compiler flags around the Intel Atom processor constraints and adjusted default preferences to optimize cache usage.

A new desktop mode: use Jolicloud with your nettop and a larger screen

We will introduce a new desktop mode adapted for all screens larger than 11 inches. This will be ideal for nettops which use the same technology as netbooks but with a larger screen. In this new mode you will be able to enjoy all your web and native apps and organize them in a way that fits your screen.

Jolicloud HTML5 Desktop

Jolicloud HTML5 Desktop Mode

An improved Jolicloud Express

With the new Jolicloud Express, we have worked hard to extend support to all versions of Windows XP and Windows 7. This new version will be available in several languages. It will be distributed using BitTorrent so you will always get faster download times and the latest ISO.

Now compatible with 100% of Intel based netbooks

We are happy to announce that Jolicloud will now run on 100% of Intel based netbooks. All generations are supported out-of-the-box from the oldest right up to the brand new Pine Trail platform including the Diamondville and Menlow platforms, as well as NVIDIA ION and Broadcom Crystal HD graphic cards. Jolicloud will unlock the full power of Pine Trail netbooks by supporting 1080p Full HD, unlike Windows which requires a specific piece of software to be purchased.

Netbooks with the VIA C7-M processor and Chrome 9 graphic cards are joining the Intel based netbooks in our compatible devices list.

For more details on these new features and specific launch dates be sure to tune into our CEO Tariq Krim’s keynote at the Plugg Conference in Brussels on March 11th.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this announcement, and would love to get your feedback on Facebook and on Twitter!

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Sonnyjimba
March 4, 2010
8:04 pm

Yay! :D Looking forward to it


March 4, 2010
8:09 pm

i connect my PC to my smartphone(as modem), and login to Jolicloud….i cant get to any sites…only through regular landline and wifi…


March 4, 2010
8:13 pm

Well done !

I have already booked for the Plugg conference in Brussels http://plugg.eu/


Zak
March 4, 2010
8:15 pm

@Butch

Please start a topic on Get Satisfaction and we’ll help you out.


Tim
March 4, 2010
8:20 pm

Did you just announce a final release on twitter and then I click the link to see “released later this month” I think the words “l8r this month” would have fit in your tweet, Here I adjusted it for you.

Announcing the final Jolicloud Robby Release L8r This Month: http://bit.ly/d5BgdO


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sep
March 4, 2010
8:30 pm

the final is upgrad to karmic or lucid ?


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Zak
March 4, 2010
8:34 pm

@sep

I may be mistaken, but I don’t believe so.


crystalwhitesox
March 4, 2010
8:42 pm

Wow, what can I say .. I can’t wait. You guys are doing an awesome job ! A great os is getting better.


March 4, 2010
8:49 pm

Pretty exciting news especially the switch form Prism to Chrome and the resulting benefits. Really looking forward to the final Robby release.


MK Anwar
March 4, 2010
8:57 pm

Dear Lord!

I’m in digital heaven!!


March 4, 2010
9:14 pm

YAY! Thanks for all the work you’ve done guys! You have changed my mediocre netbook into a nice little machine! :)


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Mauricio Fonseca
March 4, 2010
9:49 pm

Will it be possible to upgrade from the pre-beta release?


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    Oscar
    March 14, 2012
    5:28 am

    Je pense notamment au urspopt de l’acce9le9ration graphique qui est actuellement meilleure dans Firefox (oui meame sous Linux). Ha ? pas chez moi Personnellement j’ai des performances incroyables sur chrome (notamment sur les canvas, le JS ou le WebGL) alors que Firefox 4 est un peu le9ger sur ces points De toutes manie8res, je suis tre8s de9e7u par le moteur JS utilise9 sur Firefox. Quand je vois qu’un moteur plus jeune (V8) sur Webkit (et ton Chrome) donne des performances allant jusqu’e0 75% de gains en temps de calcul Spidermonkey (ou je sais plus quel monkey ils utilisent) me donne pas trop envie de pousser plus loinEnsuite, Chrome utilise la 3D dans les CSS depuis un bon moment, j’ai beau teste9 sur FF4 je vois pas comment e7a peut marcher. Alors apre8s vous pouvez me faire tout un barzinc sur le fait que la 3D dans une page web beeeeeuuuuurk mais personnellement j’ai des RIA e0 de9velopper bref.FF4 je le de9fend parce que j’aime son syste8me d’extension, j’aime aussi le travail de la fondation mozilla et je suis respectueux du travail accompli (je suis heureux de voir enfin un urspopt vide9o webm et je vois de nets ame9lioration en temps de calcul sur les canvas et l’affichage, c’est clair) mais Chrome est selon moi aussi le navigateur qui va mettre une claque cette anne9e.Voile0 c’est mon avis, respectez le, je respecte le votre


Zak
March 4, 2010
10:18 pm

@ Mauricio

Yes.


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    Bastian
    March 14, 2012
    3:22 am

    Firefox 4 tiendra ces epsmrsoes, ensuite je ne voit pas pourquoi tant de gens sont de9e7u par l’avance9 de Chrome en terme de parts de marche9. Meame si les agissements de Google ne sont pas forcements nets, le ve9ritable ennemi e9tait IE, une situation e0 40% de part de marche9 pour les 2 navigateurs (FF et Chrome) serait peut eatre mieu qu’un marche9 sans concurences, on l’a bien vu avec Firefox qui c’e9tait un peu endormis sur ces lauriers, de meame pour IE.Certe Firefox 3.6 a un leger retard sur l’actuel Chrome, mais Firefox 4 comble les principaux manques.Je pense, mais ce n’est qu’un avis personnel, que l’annonce d’un Firefox 7 avant 2012, est justifie9 par le fait qu’en ce moment les besoins e9volues vite et qu’une release tout les 6 mois n’est peut eatre plus le mode8le le plus efficace pour re9pondre e0 ces derniers.Ce qui m’inquie8te le plus actuellement, c’est IE9, Il ne faut pas refaire les erreurs du passe9 en laissant Microsoft faire ce que bon lui semble, avec les conse9quences que l’ont subit encore aujourd’huis.Au niveau de l’interface, elle n’est pas honteusement repompe9e, si l’interface de Chrome est efficace, il aurait tort de ne pas s’en inspirer. Je rappelle quand meame que c’est Mozilla qui a le premier (ou un des premier peut-eatre) instaure9 l’interface e0 onglets. Google s’en est inspire9 et l’a ame9liore9e, Mozilla reprend tout simplement les ide9es de Chrome comme ce dernier l’a fait pre9ce9dament.


Indian Stallion
March 5, 2010
12:17 am

Why not just make Chrome the default browser since all the web apps will be using it ?


March 5, 2010
4:47 am

<3 JC

I’ve personally switched to chromium and I think you should too – in a move to be as open source as possible.

Nonetheless this is great, I can’t wait, get that major release coming!, so I can stun more people and have them go: “wtf kinda futuristic laptop is it that you got running!?”


March 5, 2010
4:49 am

PS: I want to *buy* JC.

Where / how can I show support?

Get us those stickers/gadgets guys…


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Hendra
March 5, 2010
9:11 am

I’ve got the PreBeta installed on my eee pc 901 with 2GB RAM, it’s some what sluggish, clicking on the icons doesn’t give immediate respond so a lot of time I have to click more than once just to be sure I’ve clicked it. This is not good from UX point-of-view


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March 5, 2010
11:42 am

Pity Mozilla org haven’t implemented the firefox add-on support in prism yet. I know they’re planning on it (seen it on their blog), but it has been a real PITA since I started using Jolicould recently – especially of course because pretty much every Jolicloud “app” is an instance of Prism and – it was one of only two issues I was having.

I hadn’t given any feedback about that issue as I thought that the answer was simply “we’re restricted by the limitations of prism” etc – not realising that there was any alternative.

So hearing that you’re moving over to Chrome for web apps so that add-ons work for apps is really great news!

I’m glad though that you’re continuing with FF being the main browser – as it should be!

Keep up the great work guys – I am really loving having Jolicloud on my Samsung NC10. Windows never gets booted up on it now.


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Retro486
March 5, 2010
3:53 pm

WOW! You guys rock! Moving apps to Chrome AND providing a nettop interface?! This makes it completely worth it to pick up one of those $200 ION nettops! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!


    Len
    April 24, 2012
    9:17 am

    I use RockMelt, it’s made by Chrome and it links all your feeds right into a sidebar;, lets you use Facebook chat wheevenr you’re online, without having to be on Facebook; and their latest feature is View Later which is like a short list of temporary bookmarks. Like Chrome, it has spell check built in, and a translator built in, and Chrome apps work on it. I have never actually used Chrome, but I have heard a lot about it.


AlanH
March 5, 2010
4:32 pm

Thank you for keeping Firefox as the default browser and thank you for being concerned about our security & anonymity! Those two help you stand above the rest.

I personally do not use Chrome because of privacy concerns – and will not. As far as web apps, can you make it an option to use html5 prism when it goes stable? If not, I can use “bookmarks” as well as the next person. Please do not force me to use Chrome.

Also, thank you for removing the “social” functions from the installer. You have proven that you do indeed listen to your userbase.

Keep moving in the right direction. :)


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    Fiska
    March 14, 2012
    7:20 am

    Je ne suis pas du tout d’accord avec ton point de vue.De9je0 non Firefox ne stagne pas, il est meame plus inaovnnt que Chrome dans certains domaines.Je pense notamment au support de l’acce9le9ration graphique qui est actuellement meilleure dans Firefox (oui meame sous Linux).Le proble8me de Chrome c’est qu’ils re9-inventent la roue pour tout un tas de choses, le0 of9 Firefox va utiliser les composants syste8mes mis e0 disposition.e7a a be9ne9ficie9 e0 Chrome au de9part en leur permettant d’eatre plus rapide que Firefox (je pense e0 leur API de dessin), mais aujourd’hui e7a les de9savantage car Firefox peut be9ne9ficier plus efficacement de l’acce9le9ration graphique par exemple.De plus, la fae7on de faire de Mozilla permet d’ame9liorer e9galement les autres composants libres qu’ils utilisent, bref c’est plus be9ne9fique e0 l’e9cosyste8me du libre.


Zak
March 5, 2010
6:12 pm

@ Daryl

Please see the tutorial here for using Add ons with Prism apps:
http://getsatisfaction.com/jolicloud/topics/yoono_in_every_instance_of_prism

@ AlanH

It was stated on Facebook that all web apps will use Chromium as their backend, not Chrome. This eliminates any privacy concerns from Google.


[...] entrepreneur Tariq Krim that produces a custom Linux-based operating system for netbooks, has just announced on its blog that it will be releasing a solid beta version of the OS later this [...]


chelle marie
March 5, 2010
9:05 pm

what does this mean to existing jolicloud users with pre-beta installed? do we have to reinstall to get the jolicloud robby release or is it just a click to update?


March 5, 2010
9:08 pm

[...] of course, as announced yesterday, all these apps will be soon running on top of the Google Chrome [...]


alex
March 5, 2010
9:16 pm

nice, im excited.
will this fix the sleep problems with the aspire one zg5?


Zak
March 5, 2010
10:33 pm

@ Chelle

See above, updates will become available.

@ Alex

New power management packages should fix sleep and hibernate issues on some machines.


skooal
March 6, 2010
12:39 am

Great, can’t wait to give it a try!!!


March 6, 2010
5:08 am

Whoa!

I’ve been using Jolicloud for a few months now, and I love it.
The new UI looks decent, and the features look amazing!

Keep up the good work people :)

P.S.
Thanks for a great product!


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    Marie
    March 11, 2012
    9:09 pm

    This is only expected of Google. Microsoft is stuck with old ways of doing bisenuss and Google is just releasing one product after another. All the products magically fits its grand vision. Google is on the verge of becoming the next Microsoft. Its mobile operating system Android is giving some serious competition to Symbian and others. Now, with its online Operating system it is set to capture a fair bit of share.To be fair to Microsoft all Chrome OS can do is eat away the highly fragmented linux share rather than eating away Microsoft’s share. Unless Google’s OS is irresistable to leave Windows behind.


Alex
March 6, 2010
2:31 pm

thanks zak


March 6, 2010
8:14 pm

Thanks Zak. Kinda knew it was possible but not simple to do, and prepared to wait for the new release now ;)

P.S. Glad to hear abt the sleep/hibernate fix, as that’s been affecting my NC10 also. The news just keeps getting better!! Thanks.


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March 10, 2010
1:39 pm

@Nils Firefox and Chromium OS are both open source. I’d even say Firefox is better in that area, as it’s the final product (which is not the case with Chromium/Chrome).


March 10, 2010
1:40 pm

Oops, how did “OS” get in there. I mean just Chromium (the browser/OS project), sorry.


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Zak
March 11, 2010
5:41 pm

@Daniele

Different instances of Prism required you to log in to each application separately, and passwords would not be transfered to Firefox. Chrome will not only allow this transfer, but will also allow extensions such as Ad Block to function inside web apps automatically.


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Tevvie
March 16, 2010
1:44 pm

Question to anyone who has the answer :)

It’s nice you’re replacing Mozilla Prism with Google Chrome. I’m just interested if the Google Chrome option “Create Application Shortcut” is the way I have to create ‘desktop’ shortcuts in the upcoming release?

The Jolicloud wiki still mentions the old-skool way (i.e. linking to another blog) about the Mozilla way…


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Ricardo
March 26, 2010
7:42 pm

Just a few days to go now! You’ve got the major features in, I’ve literally been checking the website daily for any news that the beta is available yet… :D


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Hendra
May 10, 2010
7:19 am

When will it be based on Lucid? No news yet? I get this impression that you guys are really sloooooow….


    May 10, 2010
    10:34 am

    We’re working hard on the new HTML5 launcher ;)

    You’ll get some news soon.


Acibeb
June 4, 2010
9:07 pm

Anyone still here? When is this final version going to be released? I was hoping issues with AO751h would be sorted by then?


    Cédric Duclos
    June 5, 2010
    4:48 pm

    No ETA but soon ;)


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