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A Jolicloud renaissance

by Jolicloud Team

May 12th, 2014

Over the last 5 years Jolicloud has become the largest personal cloud platform in the world.

Our journey started with Joli OS, our first product, a free operating system designed to connect low cost computers to the cloud, and downloaded more than 5 million times around the planet.

Joli OS introduced a new kind of interface created by combining data from multiple clouds in one place. From storage to photos, music or productivity Jolicloud invented a new way to access and enjoy our content.
We called it “personal cloud” because we believe that all this content spread across the Internet belongs to you. That all this data is part of your life. Part of you.

It is now time to take another step in that advancement. Where a full OS was once needed, now you just need a browser to access the full potential of Jolicloud. That’s why Joli OS is being discontinued and will no longer be officially supported. You can check our FAQ for more details.

In a few days, we will announce our first app as part of the new Jolicloud platform and we want you to be one of the first to give it a try.

Stay tuned, the future of Jolicloud is coming!

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May 12, 2014
5:30 pm

exciting news ahead, our coming products have captured the essence of the cloud. hope you will love them as much as we do

Tommy McClain
May 12, 2014
5:34 pm

Wish you success guys. I still use the Jolicloud Desktop/App Launcher every day. But since I no longer use JoliOS, I haven’t been as keen on using the rest of the newer Jolicloud features. Interested to see what you got planned, but the death of JoliOS really killed my enthusiasm for the rest of your ideas. Sorry, but good luck!

May 12, 2014
6:51 pm

Use your products daily. Keep up the good work. Thanks for following the times and technologies – as they change daily!

May 12, 2014
10:34 pm

Very disappointing. I use Jolicloud OS on my laptop, netbook and desktop. It boots quickly, works reliably and is easy to use. What more could you ask from an OS? I’ll be sad to see it go. But thanks for making it available in the first place!

May 13, 2014
9:04 am

Dissappointed with the change in direction. I use the OS on all my computers, but best of luck with the direction you are taking.

May 13, 2014
12:05 pm

Hugely disappointed, it is my fav. OS, I have convinced all my friends and relatives to install it and they did it..I guess I have to move to Ubuntu or Mint.

Nomad Scry
May 13, 2014
12:24 pm

What a waste. JoliOS was great… so let’s kill it.

May 13, 2014
12:30 pm

Really sad to see the OS going , wish you the best of luck for the future but its a journey I will not be joining you on :( I have moved to Ubuntu

May 13, 2014
3:08 pm

I was introduced to Joli 2 years ago and have used it constantly. I have recommended it to my friends and some have used it. I find it excellent and await the new version with pleasure.

May 13, 2014
5:05 pm

I used Joli OS to re-purpose my old netbook, and have been extremely pleased with the performance. I am disappointed to see Joli OS go. I have recommended this product to many friends and colleagues over the last couple of years.

May 13, 2014
6:59 pm

sold out ?

May 13, 2014
7:01 pm

The OS was really the only thing worth paying attention to… the move to become more “social” ruined an otherwise promising concept…

May 13, 2014
8:07 pm

you can only take a labour of love so far and with app builders getting all the money at the moment understand the move to apps.
What is disappointing is with the demise of windows “xp” finally and both chrome and firefox launching “os’s” why you would take joli off the market yes you need the internet to make use of it but it gave you the best of both android and linux it was very quick compared to windows even on a very old computer and with all these xp owners now being forced to go to windows 8(or the new widely rumoured updated windows ” I cant believe its not xp” clone but gonna cost you a sh**load more money) being developed maybe those 5 million plus users would have given joli a huge head start over the competition in the older but slower computer or even tablet market.
From the blurry chrome book picture I assume your teaming up with google to run an app or apps on the chrome books. thank you for the joli os which unless it disappears completely one day I will still use on my old back up tower and goodl uck with the apps I hope they pay the bills

May 13, 2014
8:29 pm

Not loving the disposal of JoliOS. I have an ancient Dell working perfectly with it, that would pretty much be unusable with anything else. Kinda disappointed.

May 14, 2014
12:43 am


Thanks for all the commentaries about JoliOS. This was not an easy decision!

Two things made us support this decision

1. the browser is now the operating system : a lot of the OS features are now available inside the browser.We kept the desktop so all your apps are available, we will work on a music browser and video player to bring the experience closer to what you had in the past.

2. It’s very hard to build an OS that runs everywhere. We could manage it when the netbooks existed because we only had a limited subset of components to support. But now it’s out of our reach. We are trying to see if we can do something with Ubuntu, if you would like us to go in that direction, then let us know here.

JoliOS for now can be easily replaced by a Chromebook with the jolicloud set of apps. It’s the natural evolution.

Now keep supporting us, we have a lot to bring and we are the only independant cloud platform out there!


Michael Cave
May 14, 2014
2:59 am

Please re-evaluate the decision to cancel development on the JoliOS. It’s a great OS worth saving. My favorite Linux-based OS by far.

Steve C.
May 14, 2014
3:14 am

I think we would all love it if you guys would make an OS with Ubuntu. We love your work and your JoliOS here. I would love to encourage you guys to go that route and make an OS with them that way programs like VLC media player would work again and many other software companies could make adaptable apps for it.

May 14, 2014
6:36 am

By reducing the company product portfolio and with such a high dependency to one single company’s product, i.e Google Chrome/Chromebook it could not be economically bearable; where the money comes from ? Clearly, the tendency is to make it easier to sell the company to some big U.S. company. Cf. Xobni Inc. with a single good product captcha by Yahoom not talking about Google acquisitions.
For those who are whining for JoliOS, remind that it could be maintained by the community but it is isn’t. While it is based on Ubuntu 10, now it is too late, anyway, time has flown past and we need to move forward.
Anyway, what a great work from Joli-guys, you deserve a paycheck. Good luck !

Larry Yeager
May 14, 2014
1:01 pm

I have a very old acer, would not do anything, my son put joli os on 4 yrs. Ago and i have used this old thing every day keeping it out of the dump and giving me access to my e-mail ,shopping, keeping up with friends, playing games, keeping me entertained as i am disabled. My son has moved across country and i am not very tech savvy. If joli goes away what will this old man do to pass the time away, i can’t afford a new computer. I hope someone can help me get another os, joli has been a mind saver for me, seems like anything worth having is always taken away from the elder citizens, i understand that financial reasons changes things, hope the best for joli people and hope they can help an old man keep what little mind he has left.

Tom Tapping
May 14, 2014
5:45 pm

Sad to see the OS bite the dust. I have used it for years on a Sony Netbook as a dual book computer. Windows hardly ever got launched as Joli OS was faster, more stable and did all that I need. A big plus for me was the way Joli updated, again it was quick and unobtrusive unlike Windows! This was, for me and I guess many others a really big improvement on Windows on older or low power hardware.
Sorry to see it go, but after a lot of procrastination it now has to be “Chromebook, here we come”

Telmo Pinto Pinto
May 14, 2014
5:48 pm

I’m actually happy to see you moving on from JoliOS since it became kind of redundant with Jolidrive and was a concept that I think nowadays just doesn’t benefit many people.

Best of luck, and excited for new things from you.

Leigh G
May 14, 2014
7:18 pm

I use JoliOS daily as my main linux work box for development!! Why discontinue>!>!>!>!??? :(
May 15, 2014
1:11 am

I am not going to mince my words at all….

If you drop joli OS you are absolute idiots!

The XP crowd had a life raft until you pulled the J-OS!
Duh – you can use Joli via the browser only version,
Fine if I have a OS to get to a browser!

Don’t be stupid! your cloud OS is the best thing in years!
Just upgrade the ubuntu 10.0 core it’s built around to the highest possible upgrade.

If you kill Joli OS, I’m going to Fed Ex a box of dog poop to your offices so you know what it’s like to be shit on…

The Big Island Reporter

May 15, 2014
6:46 am

Larry, you can keep running your JoliOS for quite a while on your Acer, as long as it can launch Google Chrome it will do with the Jolicloud business if that’s what you want to use. Once your Acer will get too tired, you would need to buy a Chromebook, running Chrome OS preinstalled. Getting Jolicloud on top it would be a snatch.

You can also try to find a skilled kid from the neighborhood to install Linux Mint for you, ask the automatic updates to be turned on, ask Google Chrome to get autostarted with Jolidrive as home page and you would not notice the difference. This is the best alternative to my opinion, since most probably Jolicloud itself is going to be shaky in the long term. A Linux base installation will keep your options open.

May 15, 2014
4:48 pm

In contrast to other comments I think you took the right decision. I use Joli OS on an old dell 1012 mini and in the last 6 months the OS was really crawling to the point that I was thinking of installing Chrome OS. It was great while it lasted, onwards to a new OS for our old and tired laptops.

Thanks guys.

May 15, 2014
5:14 pm

I really disappointed… I really love joli os.. because it’s simple and fast boot and shutdown. too bad it’s gone… I don’t know what next os to use .. maybe I should go back to ubuntu again.

May 16, 2014
2:34 am

I really sad to see the OS go, wish you luck with the new project and thank you for making this available for so long, I guess I have to return to another Distro.

May 16, 2014
2:25 pm


May 16, 2014
3:04 pm

Must do something with Ubuntu. What I use now is unable to function without JoliCloud. Please keep it up and running, or lose a lot of followers. I barely ever use the browser version, so keeping it as an OS is what even takes me to the browser edition. Otherwise i would never see the browser edition at all, let alone use it. We can always run it without support. But will servers be up to update? That`s where ubuntu comes in.

May 17, 2014
10:54 am

such a pity. JolycloudOS is great, fast, eficient. don’t see a good reason for abandoning the project :( In fact, i only used the OS, not that much the personal cloud, which i did not care much about.
wish you luck.

May 19, 2014
9:16 am

the first page of jolicloud doesnot describe the services offered by jolicloud
why should I register?

Thank you for your feedback and the praises about Joli OS!
Don’t forget there’s a FAQ:
You can also follow Petri and Costas advice.

May 20, 2014
11:14 pm

You guys have put out some great stuff so far…looking forward to the future.

Andre Leclercq
May 21, 2014
11:46 am

I don’t know what is your future planning for Jolicloud / Joli OS, but personaly, looking for an ergonomic Linux, I was very desappointed by the lack of care concerning this issue in the Linux world, particularly concerning the visual aspects of an OS! A recurrent point for me was the absence of correct “bottons”, big and contrasted, for the closing and the redimensionning of application windows at the right upper of the desktop (+ – x) and I hope it will be taken in account for your future devlopments of operating systems.

May 21, 2014
12:02 pm

Saw Jolicloud on a BBC Click techy show in 2011. Still using Joli OS, love everything about it, from installation with that vivid tangerine coloured progress bar & the cartoon computer on a parachute, the cool black & grey colours, the really neat weather/temperature & ‘mouseover’ gizmo next to the clock [which I just discovered is the ‘Mate’ desktop], overall it’s a really pleasant alternative to just another Ubuntu flavour with bland pastel colours as most are. I have noticed on new installations, I can no longer download Firefox, Brasero etc etc etc, the icons remain filled in rather than greyed out. As others have said, you need an OS to use Jolicloud 2. Surely you can find EU funding to ‘re-cycle’ older computers, ‘speshly now that Windoze XP has retired.

May 24, 2014
9:01 am

I found Joli Cloud in the Netbook days. (They sure did not last long, did they?)

Well, my beef with you is that…you get on a drive to get people on the band wagon to recycle old PCs and Laptops, and it gave many the chance to have a computer that would not otherwise have one due to expence.

Now you are telling people to go out and buy a new Chromebook? Like its nothing? Thats cold. You get this big, worldwide following, and them at an oppertune time, with the dumping of XP by Windows, and the other Linux OS getting more complicated, and/or becoming resorce hunger…you bail out on them/us?

Like I said, thats cold. But, there must be reasons that we are not being told I am sure, there always is.

At any rate, may I offer to the people that need a light OS on thier pcs and laptops to get a disk from distro watch for Lubuntu, Xubuntu or Watt OS. They are very light weight, and easy on resourses, and based on Ubuntu. And, you will have the advantage of getting at more software thew the software center then with Jolicoud.

If you are not all that great with Linux yet, and have a computer thats not super old, take a look at Zorin. Its also based off Ubuntu. And its meant to be very Windows like, and meant for Windows users new to the Linux world.

You also can look at Peppermint OS, and can get a disk or USB from them with the OS on it. Its nice, and pretty much light weight. And it got a lot of “Mint” in it. Its got a large community. And its a kind of a cloud and native app kind of OS. Its uses lots of Goodle stuff. It also can be made very secure, and protect you security on Laptop, and Desktops that might be stolen, of preying eyes.

Well, thats it. Thats the best that I can do as far as stuff that can replace Joli on older, or lighter spec computers.

Do not worry or stress…there are options, some you might like better than Joli in some ways. You never know.
Best of luck, and Gld bless you all.


May 26, 2014
4:00 pm

Great OS….Don’t go…..Like it and want it to stay….R.I.P.

May 26, 2014
4:38 pm

For anyone who is sad about it going, I’m looking towards building a similar OS with the same principles as Joli OS. The layout will look more like version v1.1 but it should be as functional as v2 when done. Anyone who wants to see what I’ve done so far:

May 27, 2014
6:28 am

I saw the unique in Joli OS, but not in Jolicloud where youre just one of a bunch. I think this was a big misstake from a business point of view.

And your discontinued OS is really needed now when Windows XP is out.

Strange decission, but very probably something to do with money and funding.

May 27, 2014
1:12 pm

Just gave Drive a try, and well color me amazed. If this is the direction you are going in I say go for it. I’ve been waiting for years to make something like this. I can understand why many are upset about Joli OS, but only you can decide if it’s worth your time and effort to develop.

And maybe I’m missing something, but isn’t JoliOS open source? Couldn’t somebody fork it and keep it alive in some way?

May 28, 2014
9:45 pm

that’s too bad because it goes against freedom of expression
tendiramos no privacy, everything would be controlled by the great nine
I consider it bad and regressive cotnra of the greatest freedoms
with this action are the slogn tiera hechando by viva free software
This is the denial negaciond and having no free will joli …

James Williams
May 28, 2014
9:48 pm

I always wanted a cloud-connected laptop and was waiting for Chrome OS to get a bit better and the Laptops that they run on to be a bit better (better priced too). JoliOS was a brilliant substitute and now it’s going away – sad days are ahead.

Please reconsider


May 29, 2014
4:35 pm


May 30, 2014
8:12 am

Disappointed. I have been very happy with the use of Joli on an old slow computer to rejuvenate it.
I am sick to death of Windows 8 and its approach and will be sorry to see the old system go.

May 31, 2014
5:05 pm

The Cloud has changed everything, in some aspects for the best and in some others has taken away that little space in our devices which we call Home, that cozy part of computing where carrying a small collection of family pics. when we travel, a playlist of our favorite songs for the road etc. But now if the internet is down, we can not access anything at all. Joli OS had the best of both worlds, it will be sad to see it go, if for any reason u change your mind and decide to bring it back, you can be sure you will have millions of followers including myself.
Best Wishes

June 5, 2014
6:38 pm

Installed it today
the best os, exactly what I needed, it’s time someone forks it and continues development

June 8, 2014
9:37 pm

Very sad. I still use Joli OS and I found it great from the beginning. Unfortunately we must go to another alternative or still use of JoliOS as still works.

June 19, 2014
1:00 am

Bonne chance dans vos futures entreprises. Joli OS m’a permi de récupéré quelques machines trop lente avec Windows. Ça faisait la job!


June 19, 2014
5:29 am

Very Sad. I like the Joli OS. There are enough browsers out there already. Joli OS was a way to breathe new life into older hardware.

July 14, 2014
9:35 am

Congratulations, it’s great! It has a great future.
S. Laszlo

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