The last time we wrote about Jolla’s Sailfish OS, the company had launched the Jolla C. Also recall that sometime last year, the company opened up its OS for licensing. It appears this move is reaping fruit. Yesterday, the Russian government officially certified Sailfish OS as their official mobile operating system.
How The Russian Government Chose Sailfish OS
As reported by TechCrunch, Russia wanted an alternative to America’s platforms – Android OS and iOS. Screening has been on for about 18 months, during which there was thorough evaluation. Both parties then collaborated to build a modified version of the OS specifically tailored to the needs of the Russian government. Jolla Chairman, Antti Saarnio, had the following to say:
“After a couple of months of very thorough technical evaluation they selected our OS for further collaboration. What we then started was a joint R&D project with a local Russian organization to build an OS version of Sailfish into Russia so that government will have an independent OS but it’s supported by our overall code base.”
“The Russian government has a list of software which can be seen as a national software and which are audited and certified, and in this list of software, our software is the only mobile OS software — currently”
Following the domination of Android and iOS on mobile (both US-made operating systems), the Russian government has made moves to find alternatives. Earlier citing Sailfish OS as a viable option, it appears they have reached a decision. The government plans to reduce its reliance on foreign mobile OSes — to 50% by 2025. This is compared to the 95% owned by Android and iOS as at 2015.
Sailfish OS is now added to the Unified Register of Russian Software for Computers and Databases. Henceforth, all future mobile device projects for governmental and government controlled corporations will be powered by Sailfish OS.