Other problems abound. There's no easy way to do peer-to-peer/mesh networking between Jolicloud and other local computers, even if they're running Jolicloud as well. Power-management options are flaky, too -- pressing the hardware power button has no effect, not even on the netbook which was in the compatibility list.
Even the on-screen power button was problematic: Click it when you have a window open from most apps, and the power-button prompt appears behind the other window. (There's no hibernate option available, by the way, even if your hardware supports it.)
Putting these issues aside, Jolicloud is pretty solid for conventional browsing or light word processing tasks. I didn't have trouble connecting to my in-house network or reading my favorite Web sites, with or without Flash. Jolicloud didn't seem appreciably faster than Windows 7 on the same hardware -- it had slightly faster boot times (about 20 seconds to get to the login screen, as opposed to Windows 7's times of 25 to 30 seconds), but it took a few more seconds to come up out of sleep mode. Apps on both systems launched and ran about as quickly.
A work in progress
When I wrote to the folks at Jolicloud and described many of these issues, they confirmed that most of them (such as the Chrome/Chromium problem) are known about and being worked on. That said, it's tough to recommend Jolicloud in its current form; the next release should give us a better idea of how it'll evolve, and how useful it'll truly become.
Serdar Yegulalp has been writing about computers and information technology for more than 15 years for a variety of publications, including InformationWeek and Windows Magazine.