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Sorry if my question is offtopic enough to the forum purpose, but, did u ever asked yourself why did Jolla named their fork of Meego as "Sailfish"? Is it cause the Sailfish is considered one of fastest fishs? Theres any cultural relation to Finland or something related to their roots?

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regarding this i asked myself how other companies with mobile os and actually names that are nowwhere nearly related got their names from. so the burning platform referekce seems to me no further away than visiting a fruit farm for inspiration.

kaktux ( 2018-01-24 10:36:14 +0200 )edit

Whatever the actual reason, the word 'sailfish' itself sounds like a fish swimming through, or a sailboat sailing on top of water, fast, smooth, slick. Not a bad way to implant the idea the OS is fast, smooth and slick (luckily, the idea also happens to be true).

nthn ( 2018-01-26 00:55:01 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-01-23 16:22:32 +0200

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Sailfish OS is based on mer. Mer is an abbreviation of meego restructured.The word mer also means ocean or sea in french. So the name of a fish seems logical.

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I think it's the other way round: the name 'mer' was chosen to fit with the sea context.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2018-01-23 17:18:15 +0200 )edit

Mer existed in 2011. Jolla didn't.

vattuvarg ( 2018-01-23 17:32:22 +0200 )edit

Actually, Mer started off as Maemo Reconstructed. This thread is the oldest a quick search returned:

While the thread was started in 2009, the presentation the first post links to suggests the project started in October 2008.

ossi1967 ( 2018-01-23 18:29:46 +0200 )edit

@ossi1967 - Development fizzled out and then almost as quietly was reborn, afaik.

vattuvarg ( 2018-01-25 15:09:26 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-01-23 08:26:28 +0200

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I don't know for sure (actually, I don't know at all, I'm guessing), but I've always considered Sailfish a continuation of the name "Jolla" (=boat), referring to this kind of sailfish

rather than the real fish.

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The logo is the fish, not a boat. So (at least for me) this doesn't sound like intended, but just a coincidence.

naytsyrhc ( 2018-01-24 09:20:13 +0200 )edit

@naytsyrhc A logo is just the work of so-called 'creative people'. It doesn't necessarily have any meaning. Also, the logo for the sailboat itself is the fish, not something you'd associate with a boat or with sailing...

ossi1967 ( 2018-01-24 09:48:54 +0200 )edit

@ossi1967 of course I know that. Anyway, it's just a personal feeling/thought. What really somehow bothers me though is, that phonetically Sailfish is very close to (if not to say the same as) selfish. So, is that supposed to have a meaning? ;-)

naytsyrhc ( 2018-01-24 10:34:02 +0200 )edit

@naytsyrhc You're so right! I always laughed when I heard one of the Jolla-guys say "selfish OS" in a video.

ossi1967 ( 2018-01-24 12:56:16 +0200 )edit

I doubt if there was a sailfish 'sailboat' in Europe, let alone Finland. So unless it was named by an Australian I doubt it. I've seen a few of the later Sunfishes (in UK English we'd call it a dinghy or a 'sailing boat' - we don't use the word 'sailboat') but but they're uncommon. The Topper dominated the UK market.

BTW - what is the word 'akward' in the title. If 'awkward', why?

DaveRo ( 2018-01-26 09:16:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-01-23 11:03:18 +0200

Giacomo Di Giacomo gravatar image

It's a joke about the infamous burning platform memo by Stephen Elop. The Jolla was the escape from the burning platform and I guess that the first idea was for the boat's sail but "Sail OS" sounded too short.

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