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Jolicloud web app platform now HTML5 ready

by Jolicloud Team

March 23rd, 2010

As promised earlier this month, we released today our new Chrome-based web app platform. This platform will seamlessly replace Prism as a rendering engine for all web apps. As a Jolicloud user, the only thing you need to do is to update your system.

You can now enjoy the 600+ web apps available in our App Center with a faster, low memory footprint, and HTML5 ready browsing experience. With this new platform, Facebook Connect, Google account and Twitter connect authentification is shared across all the apps. If you also use Chrome or Firefox you can import your profiles.

Nickel, our Chromium for web apps

Nickel, our customized Chromium for web apps

Since Chromium (the open source version of Chrome used for our app backend) is not designed to provide the same visual experience as Prism, we had to build our own customized version. We named it Nickel, the “Chromium for fullscreen web apps” and made it open source. You can download the source code.

Thank you for your feedback! Don’t hesitate to browse through our App Center and have fun with our selection of apps using the new platform. Please let us know of any cool apps that you think should be there too.

Stay tuned for more updates on new features this week!

Happy joliclouding!

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rich
March 23, 2010
8:05 pm

i tried updating my jolicloud on my hp mini 110 and its not saying there are any updates.


Tim
March 23, 2010
8:06 pm

Hopefully I can update, my little update jolicloud tool in the taskbar freezes up on any attempt to clear all, or update,(as of late last night) and apt-get shows no upgrade or dist-upgrade packages available, yet the software update thinks there is something to do, and goes crazy on the CPU, is there anyway to reset the Jolicloud software update tool, so I can have it search for new updates again rather than try and re-run paused jobs? (reboot has no effect, as well as apt-get clean, autoclean, autoremove, etc…)


    valleydaddy78
    November 13, 2010
    9:18 pm

    i had the same prob i ended up going threw the legacy apps and finding the udater that all ubuntu users should be familiar with and performing the update manually with no hang-ups afterward i simply rebooted my netbook and everything was fine


March 23, 2010
8:36 pm

Rich, thanks for your message, we’re aware of this display issue.

You just need to click on Update All to get all the new Jolicloud Chromium-based apps.


Adam
March 23, 2010
9:11 pm

Since this last update I cannot connect connect to MyJoliCloud (have a blank screen only). The web-apps all fail, too


Mark
March 23, 2010
9:38 pm

I’m showing 2 jolicloud updates available and after 5 attempts they appear to start updating but never finish.


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Jan
March 23, 2010
9:59 pm

No updates … unfortunately …


Peter
March 23, 2010
10:02 pm

To get the updates click on accesories go to trminal and enter “sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get dist-upgrade” without the quote marks good luck


Bigibang
March 23, 2010
10:13 pm

Nice, i love it, but now that you have an open code, what about adding tabs (very useful for facebook for example)


Zak
March 23, 2010
10:19 pm

Anyone who is having no notification for updates, this is a known issue. Update anyway with the Update All button and you’ll get the Chromium apps.

Anyone who is having any other issues, please come visit me in GetSatisfaction.

Anyone who is having trouble launching apps after the update, please try rebooting your netbook first.


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Tom
March 23, 2010
11:56 pm

Nvidia ION Please!


Zak
March 24, 2010
3:10 am

@ Tom

It’s coming.


March 24, 2010
4:53 am

Excellent update!! all run faster!!! i love it!!!

cheers!


tim
March 24, 2010
5:43 am

dang it, the damn software update thing just freezes and does not respond if I click it at all, tried doing manual apt-get update/dist-upgrade 0 pkg updated, tried dpkg -a –configure doesn’t do anything, any way to reset the software update thing?


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AlanH
March 24, 2010
2:16 pm

What exactly has changed? There does not appear to be additional privacy features as promised.

Thanks.


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Zak
March 24, 2010
4:23 pm

@AlanH

What kinds of privacy features? Chromium comes with a whole slew of them.


rich
March 24, 2010
6:15 pm

It worked! The web applications are so much faster now! Your version of the Chromium browser is also faster than the one in the app repository. I cannot wait until the next version is released this month.

Long Live Jolicloud! I got rid of my WIn7 partition a few weeks ago.


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Nate
March 24, 2010
7:49 pm

Is the final release still on track for release this month?


Matthieu
March 24, 2010
7:55 pm

The new App center wasn’t suppose to come with that update ?


lila
March 25, 2010
12:49 am

Do you have a bug reporting protocol? I updated and now the display rotation isn’t working. My computer is an Asus eeepc 701.

Thanks for all your work, I love Jolicloud!


lila
March 25, 2010
12:55 am

Strike that, I re-bootted and now screen rotation works.


etisarchos
March 25, 2010
1:33 am

Works perfectly on Archos10 netbook.
Apps run faster, I needed to reinstall Twitter and Meebo, but it’s better now, congratulations and many thanks !!!

:-)


Mike
March 25, 2010
4:42 am

@adam
Im having the same problem with my Acer Aspire one! the Webapps (facebook) and MYJolicloud all come up as a blank white screen and go nowhere. they used to work… I read somewhere that it could be due to unavailible free disk space.

I can’t test this because when I try to delete anything in my trash it says it can’t delete anything permanently..

What should I do? Ive run out of space!


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March 25, 2010
7:13 pm

@Tom @Zak

Actually, Nvidia ION support is available.
Click Update All and restart ;)


Mark
March 25, 2010
11:46 pm

Wow, check out the resident chromium browser not the one in the apps after the update. Mine is super fast and slick on an eee pc 900a with 2 gigs of memory. Great job guys.


Tobotron
March 26, 2010
12:11 pm

Great even faster than before! But I’ve noticed my gmail account says its down when I’m using Chromium and the Gmail web app however it works fine when I go to load it in Firefox…

Is this a system wide issue or just me? (assessing from UK – might but shouldn’t have anything to do with it)


Tobotron
March 26, 2010
12:24 pm

Gears is also broken since the upgrade…is this something that can be addressed esp as netbook users do sometimes need to work away from an internet connection?!
Currently work around is just to fall back to firefox, not ideal…


Tobotron
March 26, 2010
12:26 pm

lastly just noticed that ever time I close and then re-open chromium its forgetting my password to sync my bookmarks, it works but I have to re-enter it every time :S


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Tim
March 26, 2010
9:30 pm

I don’t think the new Chromium(nickel) is supposed to be used for full time web browsing, I thought it was just supposed to replace Prism. You should probably just the proper Chrome release in the case of problems


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Pablo
March 29, 2010
12:04 am

I have the same problem as Tobotron, but connecting from Argentina. The gmail app show a blank page with the legend:

Esta página web no está disponible.

The webpage at https://mail.google.com/mail/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

Más información sobre este error

I tried to desinstall and reinstall the app, but doesn’t fix the bug. With firefox works fine


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March 29, 2010
7:09 pm

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Zak
April 1, 2010
12:39 pm

@ Tobotron and Pablo

This was an upstream issue with Chromium which has since been fixed. Something to do with Google and SSL. Anyway, update and it’ll be gone.

Gears being broken is also Google’s fault, and it’s really because they’re moving away from it to start using HTML5 for offline storage. At least that’s what I’d estimate. The team will try and fix Gears for now, though.

Chromium forgetting the sync password should also by fixed with the upstream updates.

@ Tim

You can most certainly use Nickel for browsing. In fact, most users prefer Nickel to Chrome now for several reasons.


April 12, 2010
8:39 pm

I like it, but it seems that Flash runs really slow in Chromium. To point of unusable with many Flash games… Is this a limit of chromium or is something you guys can fix?


Cédric Duclos
April 13, 2010
10:15 am

Flash support has to be improved for Chrome/Chromium and we still working on it!


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May 19, 2010
9:49 pm

Hi, can I install it on my PC? I mean, I’m working with internet, so I want to install netbook Os on my PC.


    Cédric Duclos
    May 20, 2010
    3:56 pm

    Jolicloud is designed for netbooks but it’s worth to try, especially with Jolicloud Express if you have Windows on your computer.


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March 13, 2011
5:38 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Chromium flag, –app=”http://example.com” is supposed to cause Chromium to behave in this manner already. I just thought that it may be a bit pointless to write a new browser, to utilize a feature that the source browser already has, by just changing the command.


Carlos
September 9, 2011
9:34 pm

When can we see an update of nickel browser ? chromium versions are a lot more advanced and fix several issues that this version has.


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10:10 pm

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