What started to emerge as the next face of Nokia finally took the shape of a new start-up with a complete role reversal from close to open platform. Now that Jolla has launched its Sailfish OS, though we still don’t have the complete tech specs, it won’t be a bad idea to compare the two sons, fathered by the same person.
MeeGo Harmattan OS is a Linux based closed operating system based on MeeGo core. Sailfish on the other hand is also a Linux based but open operating system based on the MeeGo’s successor, Mer core. Due to open platform, anyone can integrate services and contribute in the community development. Sailfish is more rightly a successor to the MeeGo Harmattan OS.
MeeGo Harmattan OS was launched in 2011 while the launch of Sailfish recently took place at the Slush event in Finland on 21st November.
MeeGo Harmattan OS was initially a part of Nokia, Intel and Linux but currently being hosted by Linux Foundation only while Jolla is the proud owner of Sailfish OS.
MeeGo Harmattan OS based devices are Nokia N9 and Nokia N950 while the first Smartphone device based on Sailfish is yet to be launched probably by next month from Jolla. ST-Ericsson has also joined hands with Jolla to launch Sailfish based devices next year.
Both the systems are designed for multiple hardware platforms like Netbooks, Tablets, TV, Smartphones and other embedded systems.
MeeGo Harmattan OS has been abandoned by Nokia and will not be further updated. However, Sailfish is a new OS that has recently been launched and will be undergoing many transformations in the near future.
While MeeGo Harmattan OS boasts some multitasking features like interaction with running apps on the home screen, Sailfish takes it one step further with no need to “actually” open apps to interact with them making the interaction easier and faster.
Sailfish is obviously better than MeeGo Harmattan OS in terms of both UI and core but it is also right that Sailfish would have been impossible without MeeGo.