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Sailfish OS and elementary OS: A source of mutual inspiration?

asked 2020-01-02 20:48:10 +0200

BH gravatar image

Does anybody of you know or use elementary OS?

Website: https://elementary.io/

It is a Linux distribution for desktop PCs and laptops, having main design principles similar to those of Sailfish OS:

  1. It is privacy-respecting and transparent towards its users regarding privacy-relevant software activities.
  2. It has a consistent UX and a beautiful and polished UI.

I think that some networking between Jolla and the elementary OS developers will benefit both sides, even though Sailfish is a mobile OS and elementary is a desktop OS. Sharing experiences, concepts, ideas and source code between open-source projects is IMHO always a good thing.

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Elementary is nothing but an Ubuntu forcefully designed to copy look and feel of an apple's IOs. I used it for a short time because they supported a 32-bit variant which was lightweighted enough to support my crappy hardware. But it's peculiar behavior drove my crazy after a while.

Robomike ( 2020-01-03 01:14:08 +0200 )edit

holy shit, thats ugly

misc11 ( 2020-01-03 11:39:28 +0200 )edit

@Robomike, @misc11: Even if you don't like its user experience, elementary OS still seems to have sophisticated design guidelines and an app store that easily allows users to pay for apps they like and want to support. Especially the latter is something that the Jolla store is still in urgent need of in order to increase its appeal for app developers.

BH ( 2020-01-03 13:38:41 +0200 )edit

Off topic but not much: elementary OS on the Pinebook Pro? Also, elementary allow to the Fastboot Devices tools?

minojolla ( 2020-01-03 18:46:30 +0200 )edit

@BH: you might confuse the cause and effect chain. In ElementaryOS you can use all Ubuntu-Repositories. The software in these is added by the OS-maintainers, but is usually developed by other people, frequently in their free times. You can download the same app in Elementary, in Ubuntu, in Linux Mint or even in Bodhi. Check this graphics for visualization of the linux-timeline: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Linux_Distribution_Timeline.svg

They have nothing else than their sophisticated design guidelines, and these guidelines are from - of all things - Apple. So, if you love this design guidelines, you may thank Apple for their IOs.

Nonetheless, they're doing a good job at Elementary. But as you can see in the mentioned picture, there are a lot of great Linux-distros available. Some are very unique.

Robomike ( 2020-01-03 22:57:02 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-01-03 00:52:33 +0200

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Elementary is based on Ubuntu, Sailfish followed Mer-Meego-Maemo-Intel's Moblin OS ...

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... so the code base of both systems is probably elementary different (pun intended ;-)). However, exchanging general experiences, dos and dont's, best practices, ... might still be beneficial for both sides.

BH ( 2020-01-03 13:46:38 +0200 )edit
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