Jolicloud is set to launch its own netbook preloaded with Jolicloud. The launch would beat Google Chrome which is expected to be launched soon. JoliBook seems to follow Apple's strategy of bundling hardware and software.
Jolicloud is based on Ubuntu Netbook Edition. According to reports the Jolibook will feature Chromium web browser, Facebook support, Spotify, VLC, Skype and numerous other apps. The netbook is running on Atom N550 processor with storage capacity of 250 GB hard drive.
The availability of 250GB hard-drive is a bit confusing as it doesn't go well with the concept of cloud based netbook. It is interesting to see that the use of SSD would have increased the battery life, durability and speed of the netbook.
"Designed for people who live in the cloud, it's running Jolicloud 1.1 and comes preloaded with Chromium, Facebook, Spotify, VLC, Skype, and a bunch of cool apps that are one click away," said the company's release
Jolicloud project was launched in 2008 by Netvibes founder Tariq Krim. Krim originally wanted to build a laptop using environmentally-friendly manufacturing methods. He later refocused the effort on building an operating system, and was joined by two other developers, Romain Huet and Tristan Groléat.
After purchasing a few netbooks and renewing their acquaintance with Linux, they rented office space in the Montorgueil area of Paris. The alpha version was built with the help of "developers, kernel hackers and designers". Venture capital firms Atomico Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners have provided $4.2 million in funding.