What actually is Aurora OS and who (if anybody) is using it?

AuroraOS seems to be a spin off of SailfishOS but rather a bit more closed source/restricted(?).
I read in the release note from the latest SfOS-update there where quite many changes contributed by the AuroraOS developers.
However, I cannot find any more information about AuroraOS and device availability, except for a Huawei prototype shown about a year ago.
I don’t speak russian, maybe that’s why?
I’m curious, so maybe there is someone here who could share some information?
Thanks!

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That will be the major problem here. Unsurprisingly most information about the Russian version of Sailfish OS it available in, well, Russian.

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fauroraos.ru%2F

Maybe a look at their youtube channel will help. It’s still not in English but you may get an overview what they’re doing.

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Can tell you what I know from a discussion with a SF developer a few years ago.

As you probably know, Jolla nearly went bust ~5 years ago. They realised they couldn’t compete with Apple & Google and so created a new business model around corporate clients. One of their unique selling points is that they they’re out of reach of the US Govt and so went touting for business amongst those major organisations that had reason to distrust US operating systems.

Fairly quickly, they landed a contract with Rostelecom, the biggest ISP in Russia. The latter give Aurora devices to their engineers. Consequently, Rostelecom wanted their own extensions and security built into Sailfish whilst not needing some of the consumer market stuff. There was possibly some ego involved as well as they wanted their own OS division and own OS (based on Sailfish).

Jolla didn’t mind because Russians being involved with development isn’t great for their image either.

So 3.1 and 3.2 brought encryption and improved VPN – two of the main security features Rostelcom wanted.

If you look at the unmaintained’s link, there’s no real difference between the two OSs.

A few years ago, Rostelecom was about 99% of their income (my estimate). They were looking at other big contracts but I don’t know if they landed any.

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Had a look arround and there is also a video conference, named “Postlink”, available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_VPupo9FOM
Nice! But their site seems not to be reachable from here.

Here you have more nice apps available in AuroraOS.

and more about AuroraOS http://tadviser.com/index.php/Product:OS_aurora_(before_SailfishOS)#Express_overview_of_the_operating_system_Aurora:_security.2C_control_and_independence

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I would like to see a few new APPS from Aurora to flow back into Sailfish instead of just design changes ;-).

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That’s an interesting topic;
openrepos gets regularly scanned for apps to download (I suppose by some bot)?
It would be interesting to know if and which aurora apps can / land in openrepos!

Thank you for the clarification!
However, what about devices? Are there AuroraOS devices for sale or are they using Sony phones as well?
What about installing the AuroraOS appstore on SailfishOS?

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As Aurora is meant to be solely a governmental/corporate OS, they won’t be using Sony devices but instead buy AuroraOS capable devices directly from Russian manufacturers.
Also the “store” is called Аврора Центр (Aurora Center) and works a little differently from the JollaStore, means you don’t execute an app on Sailfish itself but it’s more of a web-app that allows central, remote management of the phones.

The video shows features like messenger, cloud integration and document management. Does anyone know if they were written from scratch or based on something common (like XMPP, Matrix, Nextcloud, etc)?

OK but well, why is there si little.known about AuroraOS devices? Event though not being sold in Europe there should be more info on the net?
Why is Jolla not selling AuroraOS phones rebranded with sailfishOS?

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Jolla is focusing on governments and corporate customers so should your intent be to purchase a few thousand devices I guess you can just send them an email and they will help you to get devices and sell you the needed licenses.
As for individual customers I don’t think it’s worth the hassle for them. They keep SailfishX on Sony devices to have a large base of testers but that’s about it. Individual customers don’t generate enough profit to waste Jolla’s limited resources on us.

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