How To Install ownNews 0.1.1 On Jolla’s Sailfish OS

Hello Jolla Enthusiasts. As you may know, ownNews is a Sailfish OS application, that brings your ownCloud news to your Jolla phone, via your ownCloud account.

The latest version available is ownNews 0.1.1. Despite the fact that is still under development, the applicaition is usable already.

Known Issues:

  • When the account settings is changed, you need to close and reopen the app to apply
  • Very slow on the first start after install
  • Links do not open in the browser
  • Some lag due to very un-optimized synchronisation core

In this article I will show you how to install ownNews 0.1.1 on Jolla’s Sailfish OS.

How To Install ownNews 0.1.1 On Jolla's Sailfish OS

There are two installation methods, one from the GUI and one from the command line interface. I like the terminal method better, because I find it easier to update the apps, this was. And because I am a CLI Linux maniac. : )

Installation method 1: From the GUI.

Since ownNews is available via OpenRepos.net, you can either install it via Warehouse, or download the rpm package and install it directly from the file manager, by double-click.

Download ownNews

Installation method 2: In the geek way, via zypper.

Since Sailfish OS is pure openSUSE, you have to switch to developer mode, install zypper, add the repository and key, update the system and install ownNews. Like this:

# pkcon install zypper
# zypper ar -f http://sailfish.openrepos.net/tigrebleu/personal-main.repo
# rpm --import http://sailfish.openrepos.net/openrepos.key
# zypper refresh
# zypper install harbour-ownnews

To uninstall ownNews, you have to install zypper (if you haven’t installed it already) and uninstall the app via zypper :

# pkcon install zypper
# zypper remove harbour-ownnews

For those who don’t know yet, Jolla is a project developed by former Nokia employees. The first Jolla smartphone is running on Sailfish OS, a modified Megoo Linux system, which is Android compatible, uses Wayland as the default display server , uses Nokia N9′s Maliit touchscreen keyboard and comes with interchangeable covers, allowing the users to easily switch them, in order to change the color/model of the phone and comes with impressive hardware specifications.

While apps with native Sailfish OS support can be installed via the Jolla Store and OpenRepos.net, Android apps can be installed via the same Jolla Store, or via F-Droid, Yandex Store, Amazon App Store, Aptoide and 1Mobile Android Market.

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