To express myself mildly, I'm not a fan of interfaces for mobile devices. At best, they seem clumsy makeshifts, tolerable only because nothing better is available. The only exception is KDE's Plasma Active, which not only works well on tablets, but, with its recently released version 3.0, remains the only mobile-inspired interface I can tolerate on a workstation
For years, KDE has delivered excellence in its Plasma desktop environment. The Plasma project is so big in itself, it has three parts- Plasma Desktop, Plasma Netbook and the new Plasma Active. Plasma Active turned some heads in October this year, when its first version appeared for tablets.Plasma Active 2 claims that it adapts to the way you use your device.
The third version of Plasma Active, a technology intended for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices such as settop boxes, smart TVs, home automation or in-vehicle infotainment, has just been released. KDE has just announced the third iteration of its Plasma Active device-independent mobile user experien... (read more)
Il team di KDE che sviluppa anche Plasma Active, l’interfaccia di Plasma sviluppata per i Tablet, è felice di annunciare il rilascio di Plasma Active 3. Plasma Active 3 porta con se un grosso lavoro di coding con un notevole aumento delle prestazioni e della stabilità.
As we saw last week, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth envisions the advent of Ubuntu phones, tablets and TVs in the near future. But the open source world’s best hope for conquering emerging hardware arguably lies in Plasma Active, a young project which has quietly been making huge progress lately in the world of mobile platforms.
In a cooperative effort, the Mer team and the basysKom integrators have succeeded in booting a Plasma Active image on NVidia Tegra 2 devices, opening the door bringing Plasma Active to a wider range of hardware. The image is based on Mer, a successor to the MeeGo operating system.
Susan Linton from OStatic takes the new KDE's mobile Linux interface for a spin and concludes: "At this early point some operations aren't as smooth as I'm sure they'll be someday. But for a proof-of-concept pre-alpha release, I was surprised at the functionality already"