As more and more people buy netbooks for the convenience of having a small and portable machine for whatever computing needs that they have, it’s good to have varied distros out there to find out what suits the persons using them. I am pretty much ok with my current setup with Ubuntu 9.04 which uses Openbox instead of the default setup with the maximized windows.
With Jolicloud you’d have your netbook running Jolicloud and you sync it with your Jolicloud homebase. So that implies you’ve got your entired set up somewhere else. Somewhere in the cloud perhaps, hence the name? I don’t have any way to test it yet though but it looks interesting. gadgetmix.com has a review of Jolicloud.
Interestingly enough the review points out it’s basically Ubuntu with tweaks and the synchronization of your set up in your Jolicloud homebase. It makes everything work out of the box for those with netbooks. So it’s not entirely a rebranding of Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
For new Linux users it could be quite a good experience for the looks of things because there’s no need for other configuration and installation of things they need for multimedia especially. Although of course there’s always Ubuntu Netbook Remix but it depends on the user experience he/she wants to have. Ubuntu Netbook Remix is ready for you to use on a regular basis already. So if you want to use Linux on your computer right away maybe you wouldn’t want to wait for Jolicloud to be mature. But for others who are still thinking about it, Jolicloud could be worth the wait so you have a better idea of what it’s like to use Linux. It could be interesting to try. It’s still in private alpha so it could take a while to try it out.