Jolla recently brought a smartphone to market - this is the OSS story behind that device. For the technologist in us: it matters because this is a smartphone that runs Qt5, libhybris, wayland, systemd, btrfs, git, connman, dbus, rpm and of course, a linux kernel. On top of an Android BSP. That list means a LOT to anyone involved in the larger Linux landscape today. For our passion for open source & libre software: it's a smartphone built on our open source projects; run in the open; by people from the community. For the businessman: an international team of 80 people took less than a year to deliver. The Mer project vision is "Make it easy to make devices". The "Jolla" shows how that can be done - and libhybris is key to running on affordable hardware. There are more facets too : the "distro" approach, systems, processes, best practices and docs; essentially why "Code is not enough".
Co-Founder, Mer Project
David Greaves is one of the co-founders of the Mer Project (http://www.merproject.org/) where he now focuses on systems and vendor relations. He currently works with Jolla on 'futures' which is how he knows Mer can enable vendors to deliver world-class technology. | | After many years working all around BT in both technical and commercial roles, David came to MeeGo - on the corporate side he was the Build Systems Architect for Nokia's MeeGo... Read More →
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