Joli OS is great for kids!

When the first wave of netbook computers appeared, I got myself an Asus Eee-PC 901. I loved it, and used it to play around with various flavors of Linux, even Chrome OS. But since then, I’ve been forced to buy a full-size laptop computer, and I handed the 901 down to my daughter. At first I installed Ubuntu, but the 4 GB SSD in the Asus turned out to be too small for that to really work out. So I decided to try Joli OS instead. And I think it’s great. Especially for kids.

Joli OS is an operating system developed by French company Jolicloud. I think it’s based on Ubuntu, but it greatly simplifies the user interface. The Desktop looks very much that on an iPad, with big app icons, and very little else. The apps are mostly cloud services, which open in a Chrome browser. Joli OS comes with an “app store” of sorts to add more apps, and syncs your sessions with the could, so you can use it seamlessly on several devices.

My daughter turned eight this month, and she’s been using her netbook al lot more since I installed Joli OS. She has her own Gmail address and a Twitter account, and she loves watching music videos on YouTube. All of these services come standard with a Joli install. They’re available as big, recognizable icons on the home screen, and since all windows open in “maximized” mode, there’s no confusion about which window is active. It’s all just really, really easy. Ruby doesn’t really seem to mind that there’s no Tux Paint.

If you have young children, and you’ve also got an older laptop or netbook lying around somewhere, give Joli a try. It’s helping my kids become more web-savvy, which I think is a good thing.


  1. A new operating system?I have never head about it,but it seems to be friendly.

    Comment by 吵吵 — June 28, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  2. you can install tux paint by pressing alt+f1 and then type “sudo apt-get install tuxpaint” then just go to the local apps click more apps and it should be in there

    Comment by Anonymous — November 27, 2011 @ 5:43 am

  3. I installed Joli today and so far it is GREAT! I have alot of the native apps installed (I highly suggest Abiword as a word processor for when you’re away from internet and MS office Live with internet) and the UI is awesome, I’m thinking about saving up for a higher powered netbook to put it on (I currently have an Acer Aspire One D255E netbook) and despite loving Ubuntu I made the switch, and by using Synaptic I have most of my favorite apps, plus LMMS (Fantastic free alternative to FL Studio) and I just generally love it! Go Jolicloud Team, You will Lead Linux into world domination. Or at least being a more popular alternative to M$ or Apple.

    Comment by Caleb — December 20, 2011 @ 7:57 am

  4. I’m not a kid but I still use it all the time 🙂 Only problem so far is the impossibility of installing real programs like Blender, Sauerbraten, … without having to use the terminal.

    Comment by tom — December 20, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  5. Nope, actually, you CAN install Blender, Sauerbraten…. e.t.c,- generally all stuff from Ubuntu without having use the terminal! Just install software-center from terminal or synaptic (already bundled in Joli) once and after use it from app screen to install all other local app stuff!
    Joli is full functional Ubuntu 10.04 LTS just with own html-5 launcher over the interface top layer and good-integrated prism for launching internet apps.

    Comment by Vmaximoff — April 8, 2012 @ 8:29 pm