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As for the whole system, aside from locking the bootloader, there should be nothing manufacturers could do to lock it down. And it makes no sense to do so. Sailfish OS is nothing more than Mer + Sailfish UI, and you can follow every commit of Mer.
Sounds like they'd want to keep the base system + Qt version stable and OSS, and then on top of that carriers and manufacturers can do what they want (like us using a different WM/DE on a desktop linux). That would give them a nice advantage over Android, and could also alleviate the versioning and compatibility hell of Android?
For the critics in this thread - What do you expect them to do? What are their options right now? I really don't see your criticism as constructive in any way or give them a path to put food on the table for their families.
For everyone else - Sailfish will use Myriad Alien Dalvik so it will be able to run most Android apps plus I have a feeling they or hackers will help along the libhybris project once a community starts forming/gaining momentum up around this OS which will happen since Android hackers will crossover and linux hackers also.
I did a search on the commits page of mer for wayland and it says its merged. This means that sailfish uses it right??
No not yet, that's part of MeR/Nemo's Zypher project, it will eventually though...
And as to those pondering over the UX, it hasn't been decided to what extent the entire UX will be open/closed, it depends on how their licensing is fully fleshed out.
It may turn out that most of it's open, I think what will happen, is that Jolla will keep some bits closed, but keep most of it open for all Alliance members to use/extend.
And Sailfish is not really a fork of MeeGo, it is *kinda* a fork of MeR+Nemo....
MeeGoCE (not Harmattan) was barely advanced before all resource were dropped at the start of 2011, they've just plodded along with the same code-base.
I guess you could call MeR+Nemo (on which Sailfish is based) a fork of MeeGoCE, but it's less so than MeR+Nemo -> Sailfish.