Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Feb 2013 15:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Originally stemming from MeeGo, birthed under Nokia's watch, Sailfish has since gone its own way and is maturing into a mobile platform getting ready for launch. This week at the Mobile World Congress, we tracked down Jolla and Mosconi again, getting the opportunity in the process to check out a live Sailfish demo. We check out how notifications work, look at the Sailfish take on a status bar, and get to see the media player with all its gesture support." By far the most unique and interesting of the alternative mobile platforms. Very fancy.
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jayrulez
Member since:
2011-10-17

Porting desktop apps to mobile devices usually involves rewriting the interface for the form factor. Many linux desktop apps are not written in a way where the UI is cleanly separated from the backend. So porting desktop apps to mobile may be more involved than you suggest. Also, most mobile linux distributions do not come with the libraries that are usually bundled on the desktop distributions. Getting those libraries on the mobile OS may be simple or tedious depending on the library.

I do not understand this popular claim that it is simple to port desktop apps to a mobile interface and form factor.

I do not agree with your opinion about the Ubuntu mobile effort but I will not get into that now.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

jayrulez,

"Porting desktop apps to mobile devices usually involves rewriting the interface for the form factor. Many linux desktop apps are not written in a way where the UI is cleanly separated from the backend. So porting desktop apps to mobile may be more involved than you suggest."

I think tidux'es concept of "port" was just to get the desktop/console software running on a tablet connected to an HDMI monitor and not necessarily to rewrite it for the tablet form factor. In this case he's probably right that it should be pretty trivial. The GNU toolchains might be underpowered running on a tablet, and a keyboard would be very helpful, but it should still work.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You still need the libraries, though.

https://android.googlesource.com/platform/ndk/+/master/docs/STABLE-A...

You can of course statically link, but then your executable might turn out to be too big for most users.

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