Sunday, 7 August 2011

Joli OS

I have an old netbook that has been sitting around for a while gathering dust. It's slow and not good for much so I decided to see if I could bring it back to life as a 'web-book' whilst, at the same time, giving myself a chance to play around with something new.

My initial thought was to Chrome OS (Chromium) but I thought I should really look around to see what else is out there. After a bit I came across Joli OS. LikeChrome OS, Joli is built upon the Linux Ubunto OS. I have little to no knowledge of Linux so this was fast going from a little play to a mini adventure.

Similar to Chrome OS, Joli OS is a web centric operating system that is light weight and ideal for netbooks. It focuses largely on web apps, but solely. One big difference between Chrome OS and Joli OS is that Joli has the ability to install native apps, not just webapps. This means that unlike Chrome OS it is possible to install Skype, Spotify and Gimp on your machine and because Joli is based on Ubunto, in theory you could install any ubuntu compliant software. But wait, it doesn't stop there, half way through my adventure I stumbled across Wine (no, not the beverage). Wine is a nifty Windows emulator for Linux that allows you to run windows apps on Joli too. Cool!

Now, remember, I'm still on my under powered, out of date little netbook so I don't necessarily want loads of apps athough, it is nice to have the option to add skype or pidgin to fill the litle gaps where the webstore doesn't cater for my needs.

All in all Joli OS has truly recycled my old netbook. I think it's a great little system that was perfect for my needs. This was also my first voyage into a Linux operating system and honestly, it wasn't so bad, in fact it was pleasant, maybe a second voyage is required.

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