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Jolicloud new desktop mode

by Jolicloud Team

March 26th, 2010

As announced previously, we are now rolling out a desktop mode switcher, which allows you to switch between the netbook mode and the new desktop mode.

You can now organize all your web and native apps the way you like on your screen using the Jolicloud desktop switcher. If your screen is bigger than 11 inch, this is the mode that will be provided by default.

As with all new features, all you need to do to benefit from it is to click on “Update All” and switch modes from the Preferences menu.

Jolicloud Desktop Switcher Jolicloud new desktop mode

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Marcos Djivelekian
March 26, 2010
3:58 pm

Cool new feature, cheers to you guys!!!! =D

March 26, 2010
4:00 pm

J’espère que Jolicloud va rester aussi rapide que suite à la dernière mise à jour qui a vraiment marqué un pas important dans ce sens.
Keep up the good work!

Justin Robinson
March 26, 2010
4:02 pm

This is great. I wasn’t a big fan of the previous layout, but this might clinch the change for me.

March 26, 2010
4:03 pm

Sweet. I have a classic laptop with a 15-inch screen. I’ve installed Jolicloud before, but it was very slow and didn’t fit my screen. This will most likely fix the screen issue, but we’ll see about the slowness. I guess it is/was because the hardware isn’t officially supported, but that might have changed now. We’ll see.

March 26, 2010
4:29 pm

Very nice,well done…!!!

March 26, 2010
6:37 pm

I love Jolicloud, but the tiny top icon bar is what keeps me from making this my main laptop OS. Even in the pic you posted above, look how tiny that black bar is. Other than that, I adore Jolicloud.

March 26, 2010
9:23 pm

I love the current theme, is one of the things that I like the most from Jolicloud. So if my netbook is only 10″, that means that I’ll continue having the same theme, right?

    September 3, 2010
    6:11 pm

    Can someone please answer this? I have a netbook with a 10″ screen but I would love to use desktop mode so I could see my background. Thanks

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March 27, 2010
2:29 am


I’ve brought this up with the devs. Would you say that the Windows 7 taskbar (40px) would be a reasonable size?

    May 19, 2010
    7:10 am

    I don’t know. I don’t use Windows. That’s why I use Jolicloud :)

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March 27, 2010
4:43 pm

Sine I downloaded this update, I can’t use my webcam anymore ! Indeed, when I want to use Cheese, the program just open up and close directly, or when I want to use my webcam via Flash (like on chatroulette, etc), I can’t get to allow flash using it.

I have an eeePC 1000HE.

Can you help me, please ?
Thanks !

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March 27, 2010
6:52 pm

Ref. the vertical height of the top bar, I don’t think you need to increase it more than a touch if at all. Here is a screenshot of my remote controlled 19″ desktop, shown on a 21.5″ iMac –


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March 30, 2010
4:10 pm

“Sine I downloaded this update, I can’t use my webcam anymore ! Indeed, when I want to use Cheese, the program just open up and close directly, or when I want to use my webcam via Flash (like on chatroulette, etc), I can’t get to allow flash using it.”

Having the same issue with the pre-final build. Cheese will open and then quickly close down. MSI Wind U100. Previously worked fine.

April 1, 2010
12:33 pm

@ Matthieu and pbr

This is a known issue with webcams and will be worked on.

April 1, 2010
2:29 pm

Thanks Zak

April 6, 2010
7:59 am

Since I changed to the desktop mode, all the little blue house buttom (I guess its the home icon) in the top left corner does is hiding all windows and shows the home screen – however that makes it impossible for me to find the apps that i have added if they are not on my desktop. When I first changed, it worked perfectly and I would get the same menu as the screenshot shows, but now it just minimizes everything – this is a huge pain in the …! Can somebody please help me, cause I really like Jolicloud but can only asses like half of my apps!

    April 22, 2010
    11:05 am

    No worries.
    Press the Super/’Windows’ key: it calls the main menu.
    Switch to netbook mode and switch again to desktop mode.
    It should be fine now!

      July 22, 2010
      2:07 am

      I have the same problem. I tried what you said, but it still doesn’t work. That blue cloud stays there all the time and hides the “house” button (the menu). Can I have the native menu back there?

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April 9, 2010
2:04 pm

I just installed Jolicloud on my msi wind u100+ and I lost my webcam function. help and thanks

    April 22, 2010
    11:06 am

    Which application did you try?
    Maybe Cheese? If yes, we pushed some days ago an update.
    Go to My Jolicloud and Update All.

Walt Frampus-Frye
April 17, 2010
5:52 pm

This is the is a great addiion to Jolicloud! I wasn’t fond of the original netbook mode. Liking Jolicloud very much!

April 28, 2010
5:24 am

Switched to desktop mode and then back to netbook mode and lost my netbook mode background…went to preferences to reapply it and won’t come back. Other than thaty love the OS!!!

June 21, 2010
10:20 am

hey! Danke für den guten Post. :) – kann man mit Fortsetzung rechnen? Grüße – Christine.

September 25, 2010
1:59 am

hola, yo actualize a la version 1.0, en mi AO751H, pero no puedo ponerlo en desktop mode, alguien que me pueda ayudar?

November 18, 2010
7:28 am

i only get the desktop mode, but i want the original jolicloud look!!! i try this:“sudo aptitude install desktop-switcher” in the terminal, but i dont get nothing! -_-’

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January 7, 2011
10:24 am

Hallöle, stimmt es dass alte Kunststofffenster weniger Energie verlieren je älter sie sind? Also wenn ich zB heute neue Holzfenster kaufe, diese dann nach 7 Jahren nicht mehr so effizient sind?

March 25, 2011
12:13 pm

The Desktop switcher doesnt appear on my Nokia Booklet 3G. I have a 10′ screen with 1280×740 resolution. Can you guys tell me how do I enable to classic desktop?

April 14, 2011
9:13 pm

I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thank you, I¡¦ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

April 15, 2011
9:21 pm

hello ,i’ve got joli os i have a netbook and i want change the HTML5 desktop for desktop mode but i can’t
can you help me?

May 21, 2011
6:20 am

I have been using jolicloud for quite some time now on my dell mini 10, It’s great!! and the fact that it has Poulsbo support right out of the box is fantastic. but one problem…I would really like to use the classic gnome desktop. but i cannot install the desktop-switcher nor can I find it already installed, apparently it’s supposed to be included now…I have tried “sudo aptitude install desktop-switcher” in the terminal, it cannot find it at all..PLEASE help

May 31, 2011
8:30 pm

What operating system are you using in the picture?

June 22, 2011
5:34 am

Downloaded the Jolicloud installer for windows (.exe), when i installed it, it gives me an error, (7zip. CRC. error), what’s the remedy for this?
using dell inspiron 1440,
dual core T4200@2.0 GHZ, mobile intel 4 series…
thank you in advance!

June 23, 2011
3:42 pm

А не подскажите ли, а портал живой? Недавно здесь – вот хотел уточнить. Заранее спасибо

June 24, 2011
3:55 pm

ну очень полезная статья, я не знал – по ссылке – побольше бы таких полезных статей

June 27, 2011
10:51 am

i have the same problem as dookie… also, same dell laptop with same configuration

Downloaded the Jolicloud installer for windows (.exe), when i installed it, it gives me an error, (7zip. CRC. error), what’s the remedy for this?
using dell inspiron 1440,
dual core T4200@2.0 GHZ, mobile intel 4 series…
thank you in advance!

July 22, 2011
6:04 pm


Superb reading. Very helpful, you describe the topic very well.

November 1, 2011
10:59 am

Im using Jolicloud 1.2 – wubi install on Windows Vista – dual boot.

When attempting to install “desktop switcher” inside the terminal (using command: aptitude install desktop-switcher),I get an error message about a file being locked.

Any ideas?

Dell Inspiron, Intel Core2 Duo 2.0GHz, Vista 64-bit


November 17, 2011
7:17 pm

בזכות העיצוב המושלם

December 27, 2011
4:18 am

How do i switch to desktop mode?

January 7, 2012
11:50 am

I ought to appear into this and it would be a difficult job to go more than this completely here.


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Adi Manu
March 30, 2012
4:44 pm

Really guys you rock its better than win . in many tipe of views ………. but .exe files ……. can you make it tooo work … if so it is the best

April 4, 2012
4:16 pm

Just install Wine from the App Center to run Windows software :)