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Helping Jolla

asked 2014-03-08 00:56:11 +0300

Camil B gravatar image

updated 2014-03-08 01:03:03 +0300

chemist gravatar image

I was wondering what are the best ways of helping Jolla succeed in having a sustainable ecosystem around their OS and phone. Obviously, more apps in the store always help, but which apps should get the most attention for the greatest impact? And spreading the word is also important, even without a personal website (showing the phone to friends etc).

What do you think? What community effort will help them the most?

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answered 2014-03-08 12:28:14 +0300

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updated 2014-03-08 13:30:52 +0300

Obviously if you can contribute to the code is the best, but something that everyone can do is keep spreading the word whenever and wherever (especially to not so much tech savvy people): face to face, comments on review sites. Always be polite and shows objectively the merits of SailfishOS and the vision, help people understand the importance of not being locked in a walled garden.

  • Explain that SailfishOS it's still young but point out the speed with which it's progressing
  • Explain that the reasons for their laggish Android phone is the amount of services Android run that probably they don't need, not the HW
  • Explain that we don't need hundreds of alternative apps but powerfull and integrated apps
  • Explain that while SailfishOS is built on what many tech savvy people consider a better technology stack (compared to the one of Android) made of native apps, it's not only technology but also the goals that differs: Android collect informations of you so google can sell your profile while SailfishOS is designed to let you choose how to use the phone and which services to use
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Bashing others isn't actually helping anyone, people introvert when you do something like this. Helping code is actually not helping to make Jolla known to the masses, in a long term it may be loved for what you coded but that's about it.

chemist ( 2014-03-08 13:17:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-08 01:01:53 +0300

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  • Build custom TOHs and let Jolla have it to show it on events (happened at MWC14)
  • Make SailfishOS available to your Android-infected devices and post a YouTube video and HowTos
  • Maemo Extras is a good starting-point for what quality-apps are
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Is there any how to on porting sailfishos? I would start ASAP, the mer wiki is not really up to date, and for the other stuff like libhybris there are only some blog posts and YouTube videos. In fact there is no recovery image of sailfishOS for Jolla device. So how could you start porting, when you are no Jolla employee?

siggi_digital ( 2014-03-08 21:13:34 +0300 )edit

The Maemo Extras looks like an awesome collection of applications that are itching to be ported to SailfishOS :)

Camil B ( 2014-03-08 22:04:44 +0300 )edit

@siggi_digital there will be two Jolla made proof-of-concept be made available to start from, when? Soon(TM) ;)

chemist ( 2014-03-08 22:20:29 +0300 )edit

@chemist is it soon yet?

siggi_digital ( 2014-05-04 11:06:40 +0300 )edit

@siggi_digital doubt it... soon might be month in Jolla-time (I cannot even remember where I got the info from)

chemist ( 2014-05-04 12:40:57 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-08 08:49:08 +0300

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Great! I'd say the community can help by approaching local developers and help them publish their apps in the Jolla store. Jolla can perhaps incentivice this by rewarding community helpers. Essentially, there should be a viable business for people in porting apps to Sailfish on behalf of developers.

It should be orchestrated somehow, not unstructured.

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Would you have any ideas about how that could happen? Indeed, a strong involvement of community developers brings a great amount of ideas (it's already started here on Together). What would be the next level?

Camil B ( 2014-03-09 13:06:42 +0300 )edit

I think writing out my idea would quickly turn into a project plan. However, the essence is a community of local developers who approach app publishers about publishing their apps in the Sailfish store or about writing native apps.

The 'app ambassadors' would need some training in porting apps to Sailfish. Jolla can incentivize with a micro-payment program, so they can publish an Android app in the Jolla store for free. Writing a native app could be an additional service. For the ambassadors, this creates an opportunity to attract assignments.

Obviously, there needs to go some thought into the right training, incentive program, as well as a targeted approach to get the most relevant local apps in the store first: banks, public transport,news and sports, etc.

bilgy_no1 ( 2014-03-09 20:08:46 +0300 )edit

BTW I'd be happy to write this out for Jolla...

bilgy_no1 ( 2014-03-09 20:10:31 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-09 15:38:27 +0300

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One thing you can do is to help organizing development / fan events in your location. Just invite people with interest and make it happen!

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