Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th May 2013 11:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The day has finally come! Jolla has finally announced the launch device for its Sailfish operating system - and by god this is a looker. It's decidedly different from other phones out there, but it has good specifications and carries a relatively reasonably price tag - EUR 399, and it's up for pre-order today, shipping in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Regular Linux SW compatibility?
by Temcat on Mon 20th May 2013 13:59 UTC
Temcat
Member since:
2005-10-18

Will it be possible to run regular Linux software (console and/or X11-based) on it?

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Will it be possible to run regular Linux software (console and/or X11-based) on it?


Atleast regular console-based software will run just fine. I'm not 100% certain, but from what I've understood X11-software should also run on it.

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Temcat Member since:
2005-10-18

Thank you, having at least the familiar console apps would be handy.

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

1. Mer (Sailfish OS core) is glibc based. That makes it compatible to console GNU/linux applications.

2. Sailfish OS is switching to Wayland and Qt5 in the near future. I assume they will use Wayland already when the phone launches.

Some more information:
http://mer-project.blogspot.de/2013/04/wayland-utilizing-android-gp...

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Temcat Member since:
2005-10-18

Thank you, lots of info there! However, I could not infer from the linked article a definitive answer as to whether or not X11 apps (using old Qt, GTK+, other toolkits) will be supported in addition to Wayland.

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Lava_Croft Member since:
2006-12-24

Easy Debian is a good showcase of what's possible with Maemo/Meego/Sailfish and regular desktop GNU/Linux software. http://wiki.maemo.org/Easy_Debian

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