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Jolicloud becomes Joli OS, Jolicloud dashboard headed to Firefox and iPad

Jolicloud, once only a cloud-focused Linux distro for netbooks, has been re-branded as Joli OS. The company's focus has shifted slightly, though the goal is still to provide access to a fun, easy-to-use Internet experience. In addition to offering the OS itself, the Joli "cloud" portion will become a Web-based launchpad which users can install in Google Chrome (already available), Safari,...

Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook hacked to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Hexxeh, who recently released a Cr-48 tool to boot any OS, including Windows or Mac OS X, has now successfully got Android 2.3 Gingerbread to run on his Cr-48 netbook. All we have right now is a single photo (above), but you can click it for a super-high-res (cellphone camera?) photo if you like. According to unnamed sources close to Hexxeh, it is indeed Gingerbread running on Cr-48, but...

Google CR-48 netbook hacked to run Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard

We already shared Google's instructions for installing Ubuntu on a CR-48 Chrome OS netbook with you, but one enthusiast has decided to take things a step further. After all, if you can get two x86 operating systems running on the CR-48 why not try for three or four? YouTube user Damis648 has managed to get both Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard running on Google's plain black machine. It's a...

Web app tracks Google Cr-48 Chrome OS netbooks as they're shipped, prolongs hope for masses

There's no shortage of people wondering if they'll soon be receiving one of Google's much-anticipated Cr-48 netbooks, so it's no surprise that something like this would pop up. The Cr-48 Shipping Tracker is a rather aptly-named and extremely spartan web app that does exactly what it sounds like -- it tracks the shipments of experimental Chrome OS laptops as they're shipped out. Once you enter...

Google to hold Chrome event - and demo! - December 7th

Google has announced a special Chrome event, scheduled for December 7th at 10:30 a.m. PST. Our sister site, Engadget, is guessing this will be the debut of a Google-branded laptop running Chrome OS. The event has a demo portion on the schedule, and a demo of a new OS is certainly worth a press conference, so don't rule a Chrome OS launch out. All we can tell you about the event at this point is...

Chrome OS: a look at Google's almost-ready operating system

With Google's new 'smartbook' Chrome OS almost ready for prime time, we decided to build a copy of Chromium OS ourselves and give it the once-over. Looking through the gallery, you will notice that Chromium OS really is just a Chrome browser with a new Settings menu.There actually seem to be less features than when Lee last had a look -- gone is the Picasa integration, and Gmail lost its cool...

Firefox Friday Five: all quiet on the Firefox front, so here are some neat websites, tips, features and tricks

With classic, why-does-the-universe-hate-me irony it seems that Mozilla had a flurry of activity while I was on vacation. Except the Thunderbird Contacts thing that Lee gushed about earlier this week, there's been absolutely nothing since I got back. Incidentally, if you still haven't downloaded the FF4.0 beta 2, you should do that now. The first release candidate should be only a couple of months...

Make Firefox 4's UI slimmer than Google Chrome - no add-ons required!

Since the release of the Firefox 4 beta, I've been happily using it as my default Web browser once again. Google Chrome had been my primary browser for quite some time, but Firefox 4's improved speed and the fact that it can do three things I've wished Chrome could do for ages have won me back. The three things? A real download manager (plus great add-on options like DownThemAll and Automatic...

Why Ubuntu Netbook fails in real life

On paper, Ubuntu Netbook Edition looks great. I mean, what's not to like? It's got a sexy launcher, a lean and mean footprint, fast boot times, ... and it's free! So, I decided to take the plunge. I didn't use a virtual machine to just "review it," though. I actually took an old Acer Aspire 1650 laptop -- which was running XP -- and switched it to Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Installation was a...

Is Google getting ready to drop a Chrome OS bomb on WWDC 2010?

Google was pretty clear about their timetable for Chrome OS when they first opened up the Chromium source code last year. It would be just 12 months, they said, until it was ready to be released. Fast forward to today -- Google I/O recently wrapped up, and Chrome OS was given a little time to shine. We got a quick look at the upcoming Web Store and a few native apps (like Lego Star Wars and...

Free program lets you easily change wallpaper images on Windows 7 Starter

Whether you're a novice user or you know your operating system inside-out, chances are good that you like being able to personalize things a little. Changing sound schemes, placing icons on your desktop, changing your wallpaper -- that sort of thing. Unfortunately, that last tweak isn't possible if you're running Windows 7 Starter on a netbook. At least, it's not possible without a little...

Intel's AppUp store smells like netbook bloat - and a cash cow

It's not that I don't understand what Intel is trying to do with AppUp - their angle is pretty clear. There's plenty of potential profit if Intel negotiates distribution deals with OEMs and can get AppUp preinstalled on millions of netbooks. But what's the big selling point for the consumer? There are, after all, loads of great sites you can already visit to download freeware and...

Jolicloud pre-beta now ready for download, and I love it

While Chrome OS has been getting the lion's share of netbook/smartbook buzz of late, Tariq Krim and company have been steadfastly plugging away at Jolicloud. Today, the Jolicloud pre-beta has been released and it's ready for the general public to install on their Windows netbooks. Jolicloud's Wubi-derived installer make the process dead-simple. Download the 600Mb .exe [or the torrent] from...

Google chart shows which current systems play nice with Chrome OS

It's really only a matter of time before Google Chrome OS is hacked onto everything from ASUS netbooks to LG's connected refrigerators. In the meantime, however, you may want to find out if the system you already own will play nice with Google's early preview build. Fortunately for you, they've posted chart over at the Chromium OS developer site detailing which laptops, netbooks, and other...

Chrome OS competitor Jolicloud announces pre-beta release

Watch out Chrome OS, Jolicloud means business. The cloud-based netbook operating system is feeling the heat and stepping it up, announcing their pre-beta release late last week. So, why is Jolicloud worth a look? Compatibility with "almost every netbook" is a good first step. In addition, the developers are touting a really fresh and updated UI and an entirely cloud-based structure. The...