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I Wish Jolla would just open source sailfish (as much as possible)

asked 2014-03-23 22:23:02 +0300

dsilveira gravatar image

updated 2015-10-26 07:09:17 +0300

Dear Jolla,

it's evident from this latest sailfish [] that, each new update, you implement the fixes and features that you see fit, very few of the many available community requests, and a few disappointing new developments.

It's understandable that you has a company have your own priorities, and that these may not necessarily be aligned with the requests of the community, but being that you always talk about openness, I beg of you, please, please, open-source the most of the remaining closed parts of sailfish, as soon as possible. This So that the community can work for ourselves on the things we find important, freeing you to concentrate on other things not so interesting to the community.

Please allow us to stop spreading hacks, tied to specific updates, and start actually contributing to the git repository, all together with you making this the best OS ever!

Please take a page of 2000s Google's book, and not of 2010s Google's book!


P.S. What Google always made money on is on licensing, you can have a tailored open-source license that disallows you from taking the code and selling a competitive product without paying the original authors! It's not like I'm asking Jolla to release the UI has Free Software, just merely open-source! So that the community can step up. Why the UI, you ask? Because ultimately, it's what the users see everyday, it's what connects them to the system, and so it's were the bugs become most annoying! :P


It's been a while, and a few duplicates, is there any news on what Jolla is planning to do regarding opening up some more components, specially the ones with most bugs/feature-requests ?

EDIT by @anandrkris - We have reached 2.0 now and I guess it is high time to open-source more components and some core apps to build trust in the community. I guess it will be some solace for people who are waiting the tablets and frustrated by delays.

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Just to tell I feel the same but note most open source heroes think that an OS is the GUI or user interface which Jolla said will not be open source. BUT there are many things need to improved quickly, and those "little" things could be delivered trough offically supported updates too. Like various keyboard layouts already available on openrepos, why couldn't those show up in Jolla Store?

Macilaci457 ( 2014-03-23 22:34:06 +0300 )edit

I'd just like to say that many of the things that have been fixed were things that were much requested by the community.

nthn ( 2014-03-23 22:58:07 +0300 )edit

And imagine that community could fix themselves, while they could work only on new awesome features and TOHs?

ZogG ( 2014-03-24 01:20:42 +0300 )edit

is there something restricting them from going the OSS route fully, even if they wanted to?

for example, the Exchange ActiveSync protocol they licensed is one such restriction. Microsoft does not allow OSS implementations of that protocol. this is just an example but probably doesn't apply to the UI part.

droll ( 2014-03-24 01:47:28 +0300 )edit

Te ux part is business. They need money from something. Imagine they make Sailfish to other phones, then who will pay the bills at Jolla if one buys the phone from others?

Macilaci457 ( 2014-03-24 09:48:49 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-01 21:49:37 +0300

taaem gravatar image

since only the UI is closed you could help the others to develop an alternative UI called Glacier UI https://together.jolla.com/question/37605/alternate-ui-possibilities/

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answered 2014-03-25 12:07:36 +0300

Hello ! I think that the thread Stskeeps started about contribution and cocreation points out some issues about opensourcing at the current level. Feel free to discuss in this thread.


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