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Crowdfunding licensed software for jolla SailfishOS [not relevant]

asked 2013-12-31 05:47:56 +0300

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How about crowdfunding licence software for Jolla Sailfish OS native (exclude Android) to power Europe phone company ? it appear there some limitations of SailfishOS came from license royalties/fee block some evolution read some place.


  • FAT32 licence ? exFAT (FileSystem)
  • MS Silverlight plugin (animation)
  • WMA, AAC, etc (codec)
  • Swype from nuance (not Swipe) Keyboard
  • Swiftkey (Keyboard) native Sailfish
  • Swirl (Zoom with 1 finger (1 hand to hold and do the gesture))
  • Opera mini (fast web browser optimized for small screen low bandwith/volume and without ads)
  • Nokia Xpress (fast web browser cloud optimized for small screen low bandwith/volume and without ads)
  • VLC player licence ? (media player)
  • YouTube ?
  • PlayTo/Miracast/AirPlay/WiDi/DLNA/chromecast (transmission)
  • Here.com map offline + voice guidance and street name ....

hardware ? (welcome to add unlisted)

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I wouldn't waste resources on supporting proprietary stuff like Silverlight or AAC. If you want to crowdfund something, it's better to promote and sponsor open technologies which need adoption, not to do the opposite. Just my personal opinion whether to participate in such campaign.

shmerl ( 2013-12-31 08:17:49 +0300 )edit

the only licensed stuff I can think of to be useful would be the Pureview Camera as so far it has no counterpart in open source due to its hardware - software symbiosis.

vandersmash ( 2013-12-31 09:27:05 +0300 )edit

The idea isn't bad, even though some of the examples are terrible (Silverlight is dead). But I wouldn't put down my money unless it'll result in opensource. I wouldn't be interested in buying i license and give it to a company, even if it's a rather nice company like Jolla.

evk ( 2013-12-31 12:20:28 +0300 )edit

What about Skype integration?

BonoNL ( 2013-12-31 12:59:00 +0300 )edit

AAC isn't proprietary but in any case it's supported already. The media app quite happily plays AAC and it's part of the MPEG 4 standard so presumably required for video also.

The Sailfish browser reports it plays AAC audio too.

aegis ( 2013-12-31 13:37:11 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-31 16:44:39 +0300

updated 2013-12-31 16:45:44 +0300

Let's put this the other way around: Would you pay for such things in the store?

Software price in the Bill of Materials can be a major part of a device cost. Keeping it low means that such features may have to be paid elsewhere.

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I'd pay for:
Swype: yes
Offline maps with turn by turn navigation: yes (but proper maps, not that stuff that google makes)

gabriel ( 2013-12-31 16:49:38 +0300 )edit

I am already paying for OFFLINE maps by funding company that makes good use of OSM data and is contributing back to the OSM community

ortylp ( 2013-12-31 18:43:15 +0300 )edit


fat32 is available on SymbianOS, why would you forget it on new SailfishOS ? Did some developer want to ignore old customer Nokia SymbianOS switching to Jolla and not forget their souvenirs as main use is to share from uSD/SDHC card ?

Never forget what able old OS if still applicable today like FAT32. If you have better solution and then readable from any camera/printer, etc... let me know !

redge73 ( 2014-01-04 01:00:11 +0300 )edit

Yep, I'd certainly pay for Swype. As I've said elsewhere, the gesture-based nature of Sailfish makes Swype a natural bedfellow, whilst 'classic' virtual keyboards seem like a throwback ...

strongm ( 2014-01-04 01:15:13 +0300 )edit

I'd pay more for a device that has more features in-build using open technologies (sw and hw) by committing to open source communities and projects.

foss4ever ( 2014-01-18 12:34:55 +0300 )edit

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