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Is it free software?
Posted Nov 26, 2012 22:25 UTC (Mon) by csamuel (✭ supporter ✭, #2624)
We are working on the details, but the intention is to be as open as possible.
For the biggest parts yes but for the UI not yet, keep following http://sailfishos.org .
Posted Nov 27, 2012 15:44 UTC (Tue) by lbt (subscriber, #29672)
Should a company open every line of code they write before anything ships? What happens to the business model and potentially the investor story in that case?
Should they follow the MySQL route of open-core?
Should they follow the Android route of open-when-it's-done?
Maybe the answer is different for different layers? What layers should there be? On-device apps? Components? Icons?
What about closed-but-NC-redistributable bits (which Nokia did and which helped open projects like Mer in the Maemo times)?
Mer Core, Tools and SDK are develop-in-the-open, as is Qt so that's easy.
We're listening - but be quick.
Posted Nov 27, 2012 16:59 UTC (Tue) by debacle (subscriber, #7114)
Posted Nov 28, 2012 13:24 UTC (Wed) by gerv (subscriber, #3376)
Should a company open every line of code they write before anything ships?
What happens to the business model and potentially the investor story in that case?
Much has been written on how to make money from free software. Our business development people certainly have ideas of how it can be done in our case. We have the advantage of a strong existing brand, of course.
Mobile companies, I suggest, are not interested in "another Android". Being "as open as Android" just leads to the response "well, then I can just use Android". You need to give carriers and OEMs more control - and the openness of your project is their guarantee of that control. Because you can't lock them out of the source tree if some agreement isn't renewed, so that e.g. in the Android case, they get the code six months later than everyone else. The elimination of that possibility should be attractive to them.
Posted Dec 1, 2012 13:34 UTC (Sat) by edgar2 (guest, #88114)
Posted Dec 3, 2012 9:51 UTC (Mon) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
More importantly, Jolla might very well have good incentives to open up development in time. Once they release and things work out from a business perspective I think it's not unlikely that, piece by piece, development opens up.
Last but not least, I'm not a big fan of the HTML5 and web fad. Unless the web starts moving to the Affero GPL I pick a GPL native app any time over a web app from a freedom perspective. That is not meant to put down the awesome work Mozilla does for the web, don't get me wrong - I just happen to think the whole direction is dangerous.
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