Jolla, the rescue boat from ex Nokia CEO, Elop’s burning platform memo, has found some land.
TechCrunch reports that Sailfish OS from Jolla has been certified by the Russian Government as their alternative to Android OS.
This means domestic certification in Russia for government and corporate use. Tizen (which also has straggly Nokia/Finnish connections) was also up for considerations but the European based Sailfish won the choice.
The certification process has been in progress since the Spring of 2015. Whilst Sailfish will be customised, it won’t be a fork of Sailfish.
The open source Sailfish OS is privacy focused, allowing the Russian government to control their own data without interference or reliance on the giants Apple’s iOS and Android from Google, based in America. Although Jolla accepts Sailfish isn’t mass market, users of Jolla do have the benefit of Android app compatibility.
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