Many of the Sailfish Os users are in fact developers who are helping Jolla develop Sailfish to be a better OS. Or some are developing applications and of course they have to be sure that their application works with the next Sailfish OS iteration.
Therefore Jolla has come up with an idea in order to make it easier for themselves and the developers and also make sure that their next update is going to be a stable one with no serious issues whatsoever.
We’ve been testing pushing early updates to a small group of opt-in users for update9 and the connectivity hotfix. This went well so we’re going one step further and making each software update available for opt in approximately one week before releasing it. We mainly expect this to be useful for developers and technically minded users who can handle potential problems (eg if you don’t know how to do a backup and a restore then it may not be for you)
Of course, as stated, the updates are targeted towards the technically minded people and mainly developers and they probably are going to contain pre-release bugs. So if you are using Jolla as your main phone and it is not crucial for you to have the latest update the second it comes out, just forget about the early access.
Details about the early access update in short:
- The early release access is meant primarily for advanced users, and/or developers
- To sign up for the program there is a checkbox in the Jolla accounts profile page
- Sign up is required only once, it’s then valid for all later releases
- If you choose to opt out from the early access program just uncheck the box in the account profile page
- After that you will not receive future early access releases. Note that any installed early-access release will not be downgraded
- The only way to downgrade from early access releases is to do a factory reset after removing the sign up check from your account profile
- Early access releases should be considered “stable”. Issues found during that period will either be fixed, or added to “known issues” on the release notes
- Signing up for the early access releases will not void warranty
Sign up now using your Jolla Account and checking that check box. Make sure to fully read and understand this part:
The early releases are mainly intended for developers, and the screening of potential critical issues with new releases before publishing to the wider audience. Please make sure you backup your data (as you always should) before installing the early release, as we cannot with certainty say that you will not have any problems (such as data loss or corruption). Note that opting in to the early release program does not void your warranty.
Enjoy your early access.
Also, remember that you still have tome till 2/8/2015 to buy yourself a Jolla phone for €200 using the ” FOSDEM2015 ” code at shop.jolla.com