I actually did the upgrade path through the pre-release version a few days ago, but since either will get you to the same destination, let’s have a look…
Here is my official notice that I’ve been selected for the 1.0 upgrade (disregarding for a moment the email I received with the exact same information). This is about as easy and obvious an upgrade as I’ve ever seen in Linuxdom, and would be pretty hard to screw up — even for an absolute n00b.
A few minutes and a restart later and I’m presented with this, Jolicloud’s default screen — the first-ever HTML5 desktop, if I’m not mistaken.
What’s not so impressive (at least for me) is the iPhone-style multi-paged display of apps. Maybe in a future version someone could at least include an option to sort them alphabetically?
If you’re wondering what the nagging synchronization alerts are all about, Jolicloud will now save your installed bookmarks apps for you and reinstall them when you migrate to a new netbook.
The grab above shows not the bookmarks but rather the local software on my Eee PC. Clicking on the “Local Apps” folder will take you to this next screen:
Finally, a terminal!
Fortunately you don’t have to burrow this deep to launch anything seen here — the tried and true “Alt+F2” key combo will help you launch the app/bookmark of your choice.
It’s clearly not for everyone — my hairdresser is definitely a fan while another friend texted me last night and wants her Jolicloud replaced with something offering more in the way of offline oomph. Yes, the interface is simple almost to a fault, but that might just be Jolicloud’s biggest strength. I like to think of it as a Trojan horse of software freedom, wooing new netbook users away from Windows with big shiny buttons and letting them discover the FLOSS stuff on their own time.
And surely there can’t be anything wrong with that?