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NetVibes Founder Working on Netbook OS

Michael Arrington, the TechCrunch guru who doesn’t think Netbooks are good enough for most users has posted an interesting story about Netvibes founder Tariq Krim. Apparently Krim is working on an iPhone like OS for Netbooks that he calls Jolicloud.

The way it works is simple in concept. Users would download the Jolicloud stack, which would then replace the OS on the Netbook with a stripped down Linux OS and a custom browser. The UI has larger icons and will support touchscreens (remember the vast majority of Netbooks at the moment do not have a touchscreen).

Arrington seems to like what he sees, and shares a few blurry photographs, but since this isn’ a product yet, there’s not much more detail to go on. Sounds intriguing.

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3 Comments

  1. Steve Ingraham

    12/09/2008 at 12:41 pm

    Interesting. I just posted this related article on Cloudy Days and Netbook Nights this morning.
    http://cdnn.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/why-google-should-maybe-develop-an-os/

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  2. davidm

    12/09/2008 at 1:28 pm

    Intriguing, although nearly identical to gOs. But cheers to fast, stripped down, open source, net-based operating environments, may the best ones win.

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  3. Chad

    12/11/2008 at 10:41 am

    Wow looks like the UME launcher from the Ubuntu netbook interface –> http://www.canonical.com/projects/ubuntu/nbr

    I’m all for linux on netbooks and wide spread adoption of alternative os’es but cant these guys work together to make 1 great product rather than several similar almost good systems….

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