Ok, I've been trying out these two implementations of a Cloud-based OS, and I like them both. It's amazing how quickly my thinking has adjusted to their different designs. My verdict right now is to use Peppermint for laptops and Jolicloud for networks--but that decision is based primarily on the fact that I can't get Jolicloud to install on anything other than my Samsung NC10, where it works just fine.
Both use online suites of apps-- Google's; and, in Jolicloud's case, Adobe's air.
They differ in interface design and underlying technologies.
Both are built on Ubuntu, but Jolicloud looks more like an iPhone desktop than Ubuntu. Peppermint looks like Linux Mint. Rather than a browser, dedicated panes are used to run web applications: Peppermint uses Mozilla's Prism; Jolicloud uses Google's Chrome.
I have had no problems at all so far with either system (although I'm using the Peppermint respin rather than the initial buggy offering).
Which will be the winner? probably something else entirely, but these are showing the way to go. Recommended.
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