Open Source Cloud computing

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Nov 3, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Open Source Cloud computing

By Jasper Kumar

What is open source cloud computing?

Open source software
is software whose source code is published
and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify
and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees.
Open source code evolves through community cooperation.

Cloud computing

is Web
-
based processing, whereby shared
resources, software, and information are provided to computers
and other devices on demand over the Internet (The cloud)
from online storage
e.g

servers.

......so open source cloud computing is open source software used in conjunction
with cloud computing, for example an open source operating system which provides
services through the cloud.


Jolicloud is an Open
-
Source Linux based OS which uses cloud computing services to backup
and transfer data.


It is a standalone OS and can be run alongside windows or on its own.


Jolicloud is built on top of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)
Netbook

Edition.





Jolicloud was designed to run on net books, the main focus being on hardware with
limited resources, disk storage and screen size.


It automatically downloads all the latest drivers it needs to provide ease of access so
you can use it on the go.


Its free with over 700 apps available.


Easier access to files if you don’t have constant access to the one machine, using the
power of the cloud.


Very quick, light OS.


Uses web
-
based applications to save disk space and resources.


Completely web
-
based OS



Compatibility?

For a complete list of all net books compatible with Jolicloud, please go to

http://www.jolicloud.com/product/compatibility


Most
netbooks

will run
jolicloud

without any troubles, Jolicloud claims
the OS supports 98% of
netbooks

with out
-
of
-
the
-
box compatibility.


Jolicloud can be run alongside
windows using dual boot or on its
own.


Scenario

I have been asked to implement Jolicloud for use in a small classroom.

This will be fairly simple as all that’s needed is:

Hardware


Each person needs a net book compatible with Jolicloud.

Jolicloud Software


This is free from the Jolicloud website, choose which
type of implementation is needed (Either dual boot with windows or the
Jolicloud OS on its own using a USB or ISO


I would recommend a dual
-
boot with windows as most users are familiar with windows and certain
apps that may be needed might not run on
Jolicloud
.)

Register your copy of Jolicloud after installing the OS and your good to go!
Each person registers with their own username and this profile can be
managed from any html5 web browser (
e.g

google

chrome) or any PC with
Jolicloud running on it, to access files and apps which have been stored on
the cloud.

Internet Connectivity


An internet connection is a must as Jolicloud is a web
-
based OS and all of its apps and its cloud
-
feature depend on internet
connectivity.


The Hardware we’ll be using:

The Lenovo
Ideapad

S10 is provided by the government for free to students in year 9 and they keep it till they finish
year 12. This will be the hardware used in this particular scenario since it is already available. (Retail is $368)

Most
netbooks

are compatible with Jolicloud.

Jolicloud can be installed alongside windows using the windows installer (16MB then downloads a Jolicloud installer
using a GUI) , or using a boot USB/ISO (689MB). Jolicloud is installed on a separate partition and does not affect
windows in any way.


Jolicloud

recommended


Lenovo S10


CPU

Optimized for Intel Atom
Diamondville e.g. N270, N280

Intel "Diamondville" Atom
Processor N270 Single Core
(1.60

GHz 533

MHz 512KB)

Display

7", 9", 10" and more

Supports

all standard
netbook

resolutions.

10.2" WSVGA
AntiGlare

TFT,
1024x600

Graphics

Intel 945GSE with video chipset
GMA 950

I
ntel Graphics Media Accelerator
950 (64MB shared)

Networking

Ethernet 10
Mbit
/s

Fast Ethernet (100
Mbit
/s)

Gigabit Ethernet (1 000
Mbit
/s)

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n


Broadcom BCM5906M 10/100
FastEthernet

& Broadcom
BCM4312 802.11 b/g Wi
-
Fi

Storage

Internal HDD or SSD

Flash disks i.e. USB keys, memory
cards

External HDD and optical players

80GB or 160GB 5400 RPM SATA


Not all specs are shown on this table, for more detail go to
http://www.jolicloud.com/product/specifications


Support?

There is an incredible amount of support available for
Jolicloud

on the web, the
Jolicloud

website has its own support section and a wiki with links to various forms
of support, such as known issues and how to work around them, and a forum.

Pros and cons of using
jolicloud

Pros:


Easy to use


Can utilize the cloud (access
anywhere,anytime
)


Optimized for
netbooks

(shrinks web pages to fit screen etc.)


Very resource friendly


Free updates


Can dual boot or carry the OS on a usb stick (4Gb)

Cons


Single point of failure (no internet , no access)


Cant install applications you would usually install on a windows machine


Not as many supported formats


Not as customizable as other OS’s


Reliability? (Cloud?)


Security


Privacy


Limited cloud space?



Conclusion




Jolicloud

is a new experimental type of OS , and it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try since its so
light and takes such a small amount of disk space, its portability and ability to switch
computers and still get your files from the cloud is definitely a handy feature however some
may question its reliability as it needs internet access for full functionality as it is not a local
based OS.

Sources


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open
-
source_software


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo_IdeaPad_S10


http://www.jolicloud.com


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