Happy New Year! And, congratulations on your successful launch in November. We were all watching in hopeful anticipation and were pleasantly surprised. You are doing things that many of us never thought possible.
Like Jolla’s open ecosystem, Hildon Foundation has also been born as the only fully incorporated, non-profit organization with a mission to promote open source software derived from Maemo. So, naturally, it makes sense that our organizations should cooperate with each other. Hopefully, you won’t mind that we’re publishing this as an “open letter” on our blog (http://hildonfoundation.org/open-letter-fr…ation-to-jolla/) in the hopes that a greater community dialog will occur. If you would like us to conduct any of our conversations privately, just let us know.
As some of you are aware, the Hildon Foundation finds itself in quite a difficult spot at this new year with the impending departure of Nokia. Not only are we gaining full control of the maemo.org infrastructure (housing, developing, and supporting related open source software), and receiving pleas from N9/950 users who need a new space for community and support, but we are also taking over all financial responsibilities. Thankfully, after our initial fundraising effort, we have received over $2,000.00 US from our gracious community members. But, we need more.
In fact, we are now in the process of finding willing sponsors of all types to help fund our open software ecosystem. This is why we’re writing to you. We would like you to consider sponsoring or working with Hildon Foundation in some way. In particular, we would also like to open the community venue for Sailfish OS.
In our eyes, it would be hard to deny that the Hildon Foundation would be a beneficial advocate for Jolla. Jolla is special to us. In essence, you are Maemo’s sister. And, in all honesty, we would like to support you. In fact, we have been quite supportive to many projects and initiatives over the years based on these “gifts” (both downstream and upstream).
Some examples of the work that has been done over the past years include:
- Very intensive Google Summer of Code application development
- Three successful Coding Competitions
- Extensive progress in CSSU development
- Over 100 million software downloads
- Unified development efforts for much open source software (Linux, Mozilla, Debian, etc.)
- An Extras repository full of QA tested community applications
- Crowd-sourced brainstorming of all types
- Major global conferences (under Nokia’s sponsorship)
- Developer Device programs
- Local meetups and hackfests
- General community evangelism
Still, the track record doesn’t address the current challenges or pay the bills. 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.
Thank you for considering this suggestion of formal cooperation. Regardless of the outcome, we wish Jolla nothing but success, for this year and for the unforeseeable future.
The Hildon Foundation