"Linux was a resounding failure on netbooks, so what makes this
French start-up firm think it can succeed with a Linux
"Jolicloud, a French start-up with a netbook-oriented OS by the
same name as the company, has released the final test version of
its operating system in advance of a roll-out it believes will be
the first true netbook OS.
"Netbooks have been big sellers, accounting for about 15 percent
of total portable PC sales. When they first hit the market a few
years back, Linux was the initial operating system of choice, but
consumers found it confusing and unfamiliar, and Linux was quickly
supplanted by Windows XP. Windows XP now accounts for more than 90
percent of netbook operating systems and is slowly being replaced
by Windows 7.
"Jolicloud is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu aimed at
netbooks. So what makes the firm think it can succeed? Because it
is not trying to provide the "operating system" experience, says
founder and CEO Tariq Krim."
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