pbahra writes: The rather splendidly named Jolicloud, both the name of a French start up and its operating system, is launching its first netbook, the Jolibook, on Friday. Jolicloud is a flavour of Ubuntu, designed to blur the distinction between desktop and web apps. The company's CEO was keen to stress that this was more than just another netbook launch, and that the Jolicloud represents a different approach to computing. He describes the Microsoft model — where you buy a computer, then you have to buy Office, and then anti-virus software, and then more and more as the “old model”. Instead, users are expected to pay for some content and for online cloud storage. The details of the launch are still under wraps, but I can tell you it will be very competitively priced — under most rival netbooks yet delivering a pretty powerful package — with a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550 processor and featuring a 250GB hard drive. The whole thing is HTML5-based.