Every now and then, new people come around and ask for what Sailfish apps are available for specific needs. Often they seek an alternative to a certain app on another system, sometimes they have a long list of such apps.
I think this is natural for anyone considering a switch and we should not dismiss them for asking. On the other hand, it quickly becomes tedious to answer variations to the same questions over and over.
One problem seems to be that previous answers are not easily found in the forum. Thread titles are often too generic and it’s hard to make search filter out just those posts that are relevant.
Also, the Jolla Store is not visible from the web, and while some apps are described at https://docs.sailfishos.org/Support/, the info isn’t too visible either. Then add Openrepos/Storeman, Chum, Aurora, and that other store available from Jolla Store - which apparently shouldn’t be used for various reasons. It’s a mess.
So how do we make it easier for people to research apps themselves? Should we build a directory of “equivalent apps” - and how would we do that?
Off the top of my mind I can think of a couple possibilities:
- A wiki post (this exists for equivalents of android apps). iOS anyone?
- An Applications category in the forum separate from the existing app-dev one
- An Applications category on the docs pages, linked from https://docs.sailfishos.org/
- Working with https://alternativeto.net to register sailfishOS apps there
What do you think? How would any of that work? Do you have better/other ideas?
Edit: Linked to Listo of Android → Sailfish apps