Poll: If you could install any mobile operating system

Same for me.
I feel the huge dominance of Sailfish in the poll results should be telling by itself.

I already ordered a Jolla/Sailfish tablet (by lack of one from Fairphone), and given the enormous price increase between FP1 and FP2 it’s clear for me that without a software fairness similar to the current hardware one, no one in my relatives will do the jump to FP2…


Keep in mind: There was quite some campaigning going on which led to lots of Sailfish enthusiasts signing in to the forum only/primarily to vote in this poll. I repeat what I posted before: It’s a good thing that Sailfish fans are interested in the Fairphone and promote it through forums, social media and other channels, but it makes the poll result very un-expressive. Not that a forum poll is a valid democratic tool anyway.


I hope that will be ported Sailfish OS on FP2, but Replicant could be a very interesting option too!

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Being also on Sailfish forums, receiving all their emailings, I perfectly know this is untrue.

I myself went on, after my earlier post, to announce this poll on the Sailfish forum.
And as you can search within it by keyword, entering ‘Fairphone’ you can check this : I was the first one to talk about it.
The 68% vote favoring Sailfish is spontaneous. If anything, this % has lowered a bit since my announcement to Sailfish -I doubt more than a couple of Sailfish guys will have taken the hassle to register here indeed.

A wiser comment would have been to stress the very large number of redundant options, which indeed sometime has been a way to drown some parties by splitting them into various alternatives. I don’t know if this would apply here.
But I notice that even gathering all others vs Sailfish, the very large majority of us here favours Sailfish, and by really far.

Negating this through some campaign theory is, well, just a way of negating evidence…
If the Fairphone company is really checking this vote to help deciding onto a potential optional alternative, they know which one to choose.

I didn’t say that you promoted the poll on a jolla forum.

But check this out:

Those are just the first few search results I get and it’s always connected to jolla.




That’s good news indeed, I knew of the aim of the FP-Company to make the FP2 suitable for other OS-ports, but had until now categorized similar to Jolla’s aim to ‘somewhere in the future’ ‘hopefully’ open all source-code.The link you mentioned seems like a harder ‘promise’ than that. Who knows, maybe the source-code gets opened up, before the first batch of 15.000 Phones are sold out?


I knew Sailfish already, but this topic got me more interested and more impressed. Sailfish’s non-tile-approach (for lack of a better word for the quadratic tile-like interface of Android and IOS) and multitasking capabilities are impressive. Still my largest concerns about telephones are privacy-related, and there I trust the Apps much less than the Operating Systems. Let alone the ‘dodgy’ App-Stores like 1Mobile, Yandex, etc. When I see the list of ‘rights’ that I allows an app after installation I’m always frightened to hell. Having a powerful tool to restrict individual rights of every individual app then is a condition for ‘safe’ ownership and use of a smartphone. To my knowledge, Privacy-Guard in CyanogenMod is the only tool that offers this option. And therefore, CyanogenMod is - at the moment at least - the only OS I would think of installing on a FP2.

@anon40444829 app: do you know if Replicant also have this option?

Actually I don’t really know. All I found so far was this page about hardening Replicant.
It lists enable Pricacy Guard by default, which sound like the CyanogenMod Privacy Guard is integrated into Replicant.

The good thing about free software is that one can have a look at the source code :wink:
The CM Privacy Guard is in the Replicant sources at least: src/com/android/settings/cyanogenmod/privacyguard/
(and a lot of other CM-stuff as well)

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Ah, how great open source software is! Thanks for looking that up.

I do hope there are other Fairphone/FreeSoftware-users on these forums. Because I guess most users are like me: crying for software to be open-source, expecting the ultimate/holy-grail from it, but not having the competence and/or confidence to look into the code themselves.

@ben: Yes i would buy it if there is an offical support.

@r0kk3rz: reading the golem.de article (linked from schept) about Plasma Mobile (from KDE) Qualcomm support on linux - as open source - could be possible ;-).

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Same here, I would definitely buy if there’s support.

I would be ready to even spend monney on this:

i.e.: if there’s a 50€ more expensive version sold with Sailfish OS already pre-installed (instead of some flavour of Android and I needing to do the installation), where the extra money goes to Jolla to fund the development of the FP2-specific spin of Sailfish.

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Sounds cool, but I think it might be better to suggest that to Jolla. Maybe a 50€ prepayment so they can work on the software and when they are done you pay the rest, they buy a bunch of Fairphones, install Sailfish on them and ship them with support by Jolla.


Hum… could you please please stop reading over my shoulder ? :smile_cat:
I was exactly writing such a comment on one of the answers of Jolla “Together” Askbot. (last comment on linked question).


I didn’t try to copy your idea, I swear! :smiley:
It’s just, … great minds think alike I guess!


For those interested, there is a diagram of the various components of SailfishOS and the current status of open vs proprietary.



Well this is not much cheering :worried: the only OS software is practically a classic Linux distribution software, while all the Sailfish OS part seems to be closed source…
I am a Sailfish OS advocate but only because it is Linux-based as I wrote in an old post, but having a closed source OS doesn’t differ too much from Android though…
Thank you for you information :smile:

I’m not expecting any cheers, but as a few people expressed concerns about what is and isn’t open source about SailfishOS that its just best to be transparent and people can then make up their own mind.


Dear Sailfish enthusiasts, (just to name a few: @flywheel, @DjDas, @Niklas_Wallin, @WilliePre, @mosen, @Robert_Meier, @elldekaa, @Randy_Mcfelch, @veps2i, @r0kk3rz):

Have you seen the latest blog post about Fairphone collaborating with key members of Sailfish community?


I’ve known about this since the pop-up in London a few weeks ago but it’s nice to finally see an official announcement.

From the sounds of it, this will be a full port which will include OTA update support, and proprietary technology like alien-dalvik (android runtime) which is great to see and much better than a purely community driven effort could create.

I guess we will find out more in the future once it’s available! In the mean time I might beg sledges for a pre-release for enthusiastic pioneers.