Hello Jolla Enthusiasts. As you may know, RPM Installer is an application that enables the users to install rpm packages on Jolla’s Sailfish OS, by providing guidance to the installation process. If there are missing dependencies or incompatible versions, the app will display this.
More or less, RPM Installer does exactly what pkcon install-local packagename.rpm package does, but has a pretty GUI. The latest version available is RPM Installer 1.0, which has been recently released.
In this article I will show you how to install RPM Installer 1.0 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 RPMinstaller 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.
Download RPM Installer 1.0
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 RPM Installer. Like this:
# pkcon install zypper
# zypper ar -f http://sailfish.openrepos.net/basil/personal-main.repo
# rpm --import http://sailfish.openrepos.net/openrepos.key
# zypper refresh
# zypper install harbour-rpminstaller
To uninstall RPM Installer, you have to install zypper (if you haven’t installed it already) and uninstall the app via zypper :
# pkcon install zypper
# zypper remove harbour-rpminstaller
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.