Nowadays, everything spins around ecosystems: Apple, Microsoft and Google are continuously tightening their products’ experience to make the life or their users easier (and well, try to bound them to their services, but this is another story).
What if we use GNU/Linux? We’ve been trough hard times, poor support and so on. But now now things are a-changing. Yes, because Jolla and their Sailfish OS are the new big guys in the city and with the growing interested of the FLOSS community, we may be at the beginning of a new, community-driven ecosystem.
Unlike similar solutions, it doesn’t require any app to be installed on the phone, but it’s a PC client (compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 and higher) that lets you read and write messages on the phone. These are the features included so far:
- Connection via USB.
- Connection via WLAN.
- Reading messages on the Jolla phone.
- Picking a contact and send them a message.
The configuration is pretty straightforward:
- If you want to connect your phone to the computer via WiFi, make sure they are connected to the same network.
- Enable Developer mode on your phone via Settings > Developer mode.
- On the same page, enable Remote connection and set a password.
- If you want to connect your phone and the computer via WiFi, take note of the WLAN IP address.
- If you want to connect your phone and the computer via USB, take note of the USB IP address, then connect your phone to the computer and select Developer mode in the pop up on your Jolla.
- Download the .deb package from this page and install it on your Ubuntu-based distro.
- Open the application and insert the IP address, the remote connection password and select your country code.
- Once you saved your settings, start the connection by clicking the button in the toolbar.
You’ve done! To read and delete your messages use the SMS tab, to write a new one pick a contact from the Contacts tab.
The developer has just released the Fedora-compatible package. You can download it from here. libssh may be needed, install it via
yum install libssh
The application has been ported to Arch Linux as well and it’s downloadable from the AUR repository.