I was just talking with Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim the other day at Mobile World Congress, and we discussed the fact that everyone seems to design their software to work just within the limits of the hardware we have. Programs are designed around the idea of having 4GB of RAM and hundreds of gigs of hard drive space, but for so many things this is total overkill. Can’t you do all this stuff with a tenth or hundredth of the resources?
Yes, of course you can, and that’s part of what Jolicloud is about. And just a couple days ago they put out an update making Jolicloud install easily on hardware going back ten years. If you’re like me, you’ve got a few motherboards and other random components, along with an old laptop or two, clogging up some storage space, never to be used again. You could pop Jolicloud on there and make it functional (or Ubuntu or something, obviously, but this post isn’t about that).
Why, you ask? Why not? It’s there, it works, so make it your – music player, or torrent box, or just a spare display to put your inbox on.
Check out the update here. It’ll run on a TNT2! I know I’ve got one of those sitting around somewhere. Riva, now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while.