Info for users interested in trying out ports

I recently wanted to provide someone (unfamiliar with SFOS) details about what ports are available. I found the info on the web to be fragmented and hard to negotiate, so I’m thinking it might be useful to collect some of the material together, aimed at end-users who want to know whether their device is supported, what device to buy, etc.

The crew at #sailfishos-porters suggested the following as good places to start for info about current ports:

  1. mer wiki
  2. GitLab ports CI
  3. OBS and search for device codename.
  4. Github and search for droid-config-<device codename> .

Are there other good sources of info?

I’ve also submitted a topic on this for discussion at the next community meeting.

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None of these suggestions get’s us anywhere. Is anyone maintaining the mer wiki? If so who?

I’d help, but, frankly, think we need to either get this into a wiki page here or with the rest of sailfish’s docs.

See Community meeting on IRC 30th September 2021 - #11 by flypig

Ah! Thanks. I’m actually going to be there, for once. Sigh.

Side note / hint

In 2016 / 2017 someone tried to achieve the same: To list well working (i.e., most built-in peripherials supported) and well maintained community ports of SailfishOS at the mer wiki. It was called Adaptions/libybris_reboot.

This might be a good place to condense the information you collect into a concise list, because that was its aim (in contrast to Adaptions/libybris, which is supposed to also show historic and badly supported devices).
I.e. basically, to update / revive Adaptions/libybris_reboot. But all community ports shall also be listed at the big Adaptions/libybris list, but that is just a matter of Copy & Paste between the two tables.

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Yes, sorry @poetaster for not explaining properly, and thanks @rinigus for clarifying. My aim is to either try to update one of the existing pages, or to create a new place to start from, possibly a wiki page here on the forum.

@olf, that list is really helpful too, thank you. Even with this summarised format, I feel I’d struggle to update it with info I could gather from elsewhere. I’d need to manually test each port to update the details. So I’m inclined to think we could do with a list that’s even easier to maintain (with links to any more detailed info that’s out there).

But obviously this is like the classic xkcd standards paradox. That’s why I thought it was probably worth a bit of discussion, and collecting together what’s already out there.

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Definately a good idea.
When I wanted try out the vollaphone port I was completely lost.
No idea where too look