Hildon Foundation open letter and Jolla's response
Editor: Ryan Abel
Last week, the Hildon Foundation sent an open letter to Jolla requesting cooperation and financial assistance with maemo.org: We would welcome discussion about a relationship between our organizations… If anything, we would like to form a friendship. If Jolla would be willing to become a sponsor and aid us in promoting the open source software aspects of Jolla and Sailfish — or, possibly even foot the bill — we would offer valuable community support to Jolla. In fact, we see a huge possibility of the Hildon Foundation becoming a part of the Jolla ecosystem or Sailfish Alliance itself.
Jolla replied in comments, "We can talk on a regular basis and we can form a friendship. But talking and claiming friendship is easy – however friendship is also about doing activities together to keep things alive – and sometimes take part in your friend’s crazy ideas. And to be honest and straightforward with advice from one another."
That would seem to put financial sponsorship and official coordination off the table. Which, although disappointing, is not particularly surprising given that no startups have money to throw at things not directly related to their core business and revenue generation. It also feels like maemo.org needs to go through a period of adjustment to manage budgets - and services - more carefully (or at least frugally).