Just earlier, we got a chance to be involved in a Q&A session with Marc Dillon and the rest of some of the heart and soul who keep the Jolla cogs turning.
The Q&A gave us a chance to skip over all the obvious stuff which is pretty common knowledge and delve a little deeper into what makes Jolla really tick.
Unfortunately, I was a little ill-prepared as I had turned up earlier not to find anyone around but then later discovered it was all going on in a secret back room. Fortunately I caught most of the good bits. :-)
There were some interesting topics discussed at the Q&A, and Jolla were very open with all of us about their history and future plans. The funniest moment for me was when my N9 rang with the Nokia ring tone = epic fail! But hey it’s an N9 and at least a lot of the Jolla guys were involved with the production of that so it could have been a lot worse!
One of the topics that was discussed in length was regarding the ‘openness’ of Sailfish in its current state. Jolla defended their strategy by saying that if they made it completely open for all right now, they risk plagiarism by some manufacturer copying their Sailfish code and releasing a device running ‘fake’ Sailfish even before the first real Jolla handset hits the market later this year which I tend to agree with.
From what I could gather, the plan therefore is to wait until the device has been released and then open up the code once the hard work has been done which makes sense.
Following on from this topic, I raised the fact that if they could team up with a large manufacturer, this would really aid their cause and allow them to pursue ongoing software development without being caught up in financially crippling potential lawsuits etc.
Marc added to this point by saying that the important part was to get their handset out there so that other potential partner manufacturers could see how great Sailfish is for themselves. He also reiterated that they had got this far as a company on ‘merit’ alone and that is clearly what sets Sailfish apart from other ecosystems which stick with a ‘walled garden’ script and are less connected with the people that really count and the communities who support them. Jolla = malleable = Unlike.
Jolla are where they are because they listen and work with communities not because they have an infinite investment fund to play with and ram hugely expensive advertising campaigns down peoples throats. You, me – we can all help Jolla exist and equally, Jolla can help us by listening and providing us with something #unlike the rest.
There were many more topics discussed, but I really better get back to the party in case I miss anything important. :-)
In the meantime, if you have any questions you would like me to ask any of the Jolla guys please comment below.
Thanks and Sail On!