Update SailfishOS

By Sachin
November 4, 2016

Update sailfishOS from (Aurajoki) to (Fiskarsinjoki)

(for Intex Aqua Fish, Model: l500d)


Latest preview build for SailfishOS - Fiskarsinjoki( is released and available for download. SailfishOS uses Mer middleware, has Linux kernel and developed by jolla. The latest release is not yet available on air but can be upgraded using developer mode.

Enable remote SSH

With SailfishOS, debugging a phone is quite simple, one just needs to enable Developer mode & Remote connection from Developer tools. Provide the password for user nemo(Yes, the default user is ‘nemo’) or generate password if you choose not to enter password of your choice.(I never managed to ssh to IP-address even by setting similar network space)

Remote access

psachin@nubia:$ ssh nemo@
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
ED25519 key fingerprint is SHA256:oLCSaLDMyRlfBe4jZ/paFblizD5siujbCve7buatako.
ED25519 key fingerprint is MD5:73:37:37:37:37:37:37:37:37:37:37:85:37:37:7e:31.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '' (ED25519) to the list of known hosts.
nemo@'s password:
Last login: Tue Nov  1 09:12:42 2016
NOTICE: Env value ignored HYBRIS_LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/libexec/droid-hybris/system/lib:/vendor/lib:/system/lib
| SailfishOS (Aurajoki) (armv7hl)

Login as root using the command devel-su

[nemo@Sailfish ~]$ devel-su
[root@Sailfish nemo]#


Verify the current release by using the command version. Check the latest release on wiki. Say you want to update to latest release(, at the time when this post was published), set the release version using command ssu release VERSION

ssu release
version --dup

This should take a while.

Remove default package

To remove preinstall package like gaana, search by name using the command pkcon(PackageKit Console client).

[root@Sailfish ~]# pkcon search name gaana
Searching by name
Waiting in queue
Refreshing software list
Installed sailfish-content-partnerspaces-intex-gaana-0.1.5-10.8.1.jolla.armv7hl	Gaana partner space application for Intex

Once the exact name of the package is found, go ahead and remove the package using pkcon remove PACKAGE_NAME. Exclude version number. pkcon should behave like any other package manager found in various GNU/Linux distros.

[root@Sailfish ~]# pkcon remove sailfish-content-partnerspaces-intex-gaana
Waiting in queue
Removing packages
Resolving dependencies
Removing packages                               [================================================]
The following packages have to be removed:
feature-intex- Feature package for
Intex content
Partner space applications for Intex
Gaana partner space application for Intex
sms-activation-intex-0.0.5-10.3.1.jolla.armv7hl Intex SMS
activation service
Environment configuration for sms-activation-intex Proceed
with changes? [N/y] y

Removing Waiting in queue Waiting for authentication Waiting in queue
Starting Removing packages Resolving dependencies Removing packages

Verify & install package

Sometime you may want to check the integrity of an OS. In this case the command version --verify will come handy as demonstrated below.

Remote access

Verify an update

After an upgrade, login to the device and verify few parameter as show below.

Remote access

Finally here’s a screenshot of About product screen showing latest release and device info.

About product

About product

I found SailfishOS much more comfortable to use. The best part is it has very good user interface as compared to other mobile UI like Android. Once you have an Jolla account, the device has access to all package repositories. It has early access to latest version and upgrade is quite simple. The device comes pre-rooted with entire GNU/Linux OS and package-manager(pkcon). One can install all Android apps either from Jolla store or using Google Play store.