Sailfish OS

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This article is about the Linux MeeGo Sailfish operating system from Jolla and open internet community. For the tablet, see Jolla Tablet. For the Jolla Phone, see Jolla (mobile phone). For the Jolla company, see Jolla. For the Sailfish Alliance, see Sailfish Alliance.
Sailfish logo.svg
Developer Jolla
OS family Linux
Working state Current
Source model closed source with open source components
Latest release / 25 February 2015
Marketing target Mobile and general purpose
Package manager RPM Package Manager[1]
Platforms 32-bit ARM and 64-bit x86
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
License Overall EULA is proprietary, most elements planned to be open source[2][3]
Official website
Hackday with Jolla, Mer and Nemo Mobile in September 2012

Sailfish is a mobile operating system (OS) combining the Linux kernel, the Mer core and proprietary software written by mobile software developer Jolla. Sailfish is being developed by Jolla in cooperation with the Mer project community and corporate members of the Sailfish Alliance. Sailfish is used in the Jolla smartphone, in the upcoming Jolla Tablet, and by other licensees.[4] The OS is mainly targeted at mobile devices and is also intended to support other devices.

Software architecture[edit]

The Sailfish OS and the Sailfish Software development kit (SDK) are based on the Linux kernel and Mer.[5][6][7] Sailfish OS includes a multi-tasking graphical shell called "Lipstick" built by Jolla on top of the Wayland display server protocol.[8] Jolla uses free and open-source graphics device drivers but the Hybris library allows use of proprietary graphics device drivers for Android.[9][10] Jolla's stated goal is for Sailfish to be open source eventually.[3][needs update?]

Sailfish OS can run Android applications through a proprietary compatibility layer.[11]

Sailfish OS SDK[edit]

The Sailfish OS SDK was announced in Helsinki at Slush in 2012, and the alpha was published in February 2013.[12] The SDK, installation and coding tutorials are available for free download from the Sailfish OS website although the overall license is not open source.[2]

Sailfish SDK uses Qt with virtualBox for development, compiling and emulation purposes, in contrast to simulation method.[citation needed] This technique allows compilation on the Sailfish OS and full testing of developed software in the virtual machine, emulating but not simulating the whole Sailfish OS.[citation needed] The technique also separates development activities and side effects from everything else running on the host particular computer, leaving it undisturbed by developments and tests.[13] According to Jolla, development with Sailfish SDK is development on Sailfish OS itself; there are no differences between developed software appearance and behaviour in the SDK and on a device running Sailfish OS.[citation needed]

The availability of source code to the SDK allows shaping and rebuilding for companies' or developers' specific needs[citation needed], creating a context-specific environment that is set once and needs no preparation when the device is booted. The SDK runs on the operating systems Android, 32- and 64-bit versions of Linux, 64-bit versions of OS X, and Microsoft Windows.[14] It can be used for compiling software for Sailfish OS devices from Linux sources. Its general console/terminal mode follows a commonly used standard. A compatible binaries or libraries can also be used.[citation needed]

Application programming interfaces[edit]

SailfishOS uses open source Qt APIs (Qt 5, QtQuick 2 etc.) and a closed source Sailfish Silica for the UI. Standard Linux APIs are provided by the Mer Core.[15]

Sailfish, Ubuntu and Plasma Active have been cooperating to share common APIs and this, when successful, will make the platforms compatible on the API level .[16]

Software overview[edit]

Software version[edit]

SailfishOS has three naming conventions: version number, update number and version name. Each Sailfish OS version will be named after a Finnish lake.[17]

Software version Release date Name
(Initial release)
27 November 2013 Kaajanlampi[17]
v1.0.1.10 9 December 2013 Update 1, Laadunjärvi[18]
v1.0.1.12 16 December 2013
v1.0.2.5 27 December 2013 Update 2, Maadajävri[19]
v1.0.3.8 31 January 2014 Update 3, Naamankajärvi[20]
v1.0.4.20 17 March 2014 Update 4, Ohijärvi[21]
v1.0.5.16 11 April 2014 Update 5, Paarlampi[22][23]
v1.0.5.19 24 April 2014
v1.0.6.x N/A Update 6 was merged into Update7[24]
v1.0.7.16 9 June 2014 Update 7, Saapunki[25]
v1.0.8.19 14 July 2014 Update 8, Tahkalampi[26][27]
v1.0.8.21 6 October 2014
(Opt-in update)
23 October 2014 Update 9, Uitukka[28][29]
(Opt-in update)
24 October 2014
v1.1.1.26 18 December 2014 Update 10, Vaarainjärvi[30]
v1.1.1.27 19 December 2014
v1.1.2.15 19 February 2015 Update 11, Yliaavanlampi[31]
v1.1.2.16 25 February 2015
TBA TBA Update 12, Äijänpäivänjärvi[32]
v2.0 May 2015

Software and porting[edit]

Sailfish is able to run most applications that were originally developed for Android, in addition to native Sailfish applications. This was done in collaboration with the creators of Alien Dalvik, Myriad Group.[33] As Sailfish OS is a GNU/Linux-based operating system, it is also possible to install other GNU/Linux applications on it.

A number of projects successful on other platforms are migrating to become native Sailfish OS applications. This gives abandoned Harmattan or Symbian projects a new life. Porting Qt-written projects may take only a few hours. This process is supported; for this purpose collects and publishes[34] an online compendium of knowledge, links and instructions on:

  • software porting and migration to Sailfish OS
  • similarities and differences between Harmattan and Sailfish
  • guides how to port MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan applications for the Nokia N9 to the Sailfish OS devices
  • porting framework (Qt 4 to Qt 5, SDL 1.2 is SDL 2.0, Debian packaging is RPM packaging)
  • application porting tutorials and examples (QtQuick QML applications, the Flickr application Qt 5, SDL / OpenGL ES applications)
  • Qt Quick Components map to Sailfish Silica.

It gathers and links development resources of different kinds and origins.[35]

Hardware overview[edit]

Advantages of the Mer standard[edit]

Sailfish OS can be used on any hardware with a Linux kernel supported by the Mer core distribution. A list of devices running Sailfish has been created by enthusiasts. Rather than designate a specific reference hardware platform, a VirtualBox implementation with the Sailfish OS SDK is available for development on popular operating systems Linux, OS X and Windows. This VM contains the whole Sailfish OS isolated from local resources to enable comfortable work. This allows evaluating coded or ported software behaviour and performance in future on any real device and safe experimenting de facto on Sailfish OS itself.[citation needed]

Devices running Sailfish OS[edit]

Sailfish runs on the Jolla Tablet and Jolla Phone. It has also been ported to devices including:

OS development status[edit]

Sailfish OS is promoted and supported by the open Sailfish Alliance established in 2011, a group established to unite OEM and ODM manufacturers, chipset providers, operators, application developers and retailers.[52] On 16 August 2012, the user interface was reported to be ready for release. Jolla's CEO Jussi Hurmola stated in a ZDNet interview, " ... Our UI is ready now, we haven't released it yet, we will save it for the product launch and the platform is getting up now so the project looks pretty nice".[53]

The next day, Jolla's CEO Marc Dillon said on social networking website Twitter that the company had reached the first development target. Sailfish was debuted by the Jolla team, including a worldwide internet stream, as a demo of the OS, and the UI and SDK during the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland, on 21–22 November 2012. The alpha stage of Sailfish OS SDK was published at the end of February 2013 and was made available for free download.

On 16 September 2013, Jolla announced that its OS had been made compatible with Android applications and hardware.[54] The first telephone to use it was launched on 27 November 2013 at a pop-up DNA Kauppa shop in Helsinki. The first 450 telephones were sold at this event, while the rest of the preordered devices were shipped shortly after.[55]

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