In Part 2 of this continuing series I managed to free Nokia’s Booklet 3G from the clutches of Windows using Wubi. Today we’ll be looking at a Linux distribution made specifically for netbooks — Jolicloud.
Right off the top Jolicloud proved to be a better fit for the Booklet than a standard Ubuntu install, as the authors have gone to great lengths to support Intel’s GMA 500, and thus the Booklet’s 1280×720 native screen resolution.
The standard Express Installer didn’t work — there was some kind of 7zip issue with Windows, which made me wonder if it was missing altogether, as is often the case on a typical fresh install of Linux. But switching to Safe Mode did the trick.
It seemed to me that Wubi was also at work somewhere here behind the scenes… Not that I’m complaining — Wubi is awesome.
Being quite familiar with Jolicloud myself (it’s currently installed on my Eee PC) I popped my Fido SIM card into the Booklet and set up a mobile broadband connection. That’s where things started to go awry.
As you can see above, Jolicloud has detected two 3G modems when in fact there’s obviously only the one.
And worse, Jolicloud consistently produced the following results when I tried to connect to either modem:
- The first connection would be dropped;
- The system would freeze on the second try.
This was especially disappointing for me as one of the lead coders on the Jolicloud project is Canadian superstar Adam McDaniel. And the rest of Jolicloud works so well — WPA-encrypted WiFi, for example — it’s a real shame that the Booklet’s standout feature isn’t available to this OS.
Fortunately there are many other flavours of Linux to choose from. Unfortunately none of them work with the GMA 500. Come back tomorrow for my final wrap-up.