"e Foundation" emerges from Eelo project
Good news everyone! The eelo project
is going steady and has just incorporated a non-profit organisation
to support the project.
Eelo started about 6 months ago, with a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to develop a 100% FOSS smartphone OS, completely free of Google
. The man behind it is Gael Duval, the creator of the Mandrake GNU/Linux operating system back in 1998. He published an interesting article explaining his main reasons
for launching the Eelo project.
This is not the first time a project was born to offer a truly FOSS alternative to Google and Apple. Firefox OS and Ubuntu Phone had there go at it before eventually withdrawing. We hope that lessons have been learnt from those failures. From what we gathered, our advice for success would be:
- do not release a half-baked product, take your time through beta to avoid later backlash.
- prioritize the core/first applications carefully (a full-fledged Facebook apps is not a priority
for the initial market of potential adopters - ie die-hard FOSS enthusiasts who usually mind their privacy and will expect apps allowing just that).
- have early and strong partnership with constructors, and target popular devices during development (eelo is currently developing for LeEco Le2 and Xiaomi Mi5S, which from what we read recently is a smart choice).
Whatever the outcome, we are really excited about Eelo and wish them well! They are still open to contributions
in various forms. Give them a visit!