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Mer is an open, mobile-optimised, core distribution aimed at device manufacturers; powered by Qt/QML and HTML5 - openly developed, inclusive, and meritocratically governed.
By geeks for geeks
A startup company born out of the ashes of the #elopalypse, made up of ex Nokia employees involved with the maemo (N900) and meego (N9) platforms.
The process of building the software to run on a hardware platform not originally intended for
Typically, porters use a device with existing good support from Cyanogenmod, the community built distribution of Android
Sailfish is built on top of a modified version of android, utilising the kernel and some low level services
Hybris is a compatibilty layer between glibc based systems (regular linux) and bionic based systems (android)
It provides the glue between the Sailfish display system and android graphics drivers
It also provides glue between some android services such as the sensor framework
Hybris is also used by Cannonical in Ubuntu Touch