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KDE Announces Partner Network 41

Posted by timothy
from the building-infrastructure dept.
jrepin writes "In the wake of the announcement of the first ever KDE powered tablet, quite a few interesting things are happening in the background. One of them is the formation of a professional Partner Network for devices such as the Vivaldi tablet. The Make Play Live Partner Program is designed to build and support a collaborative business and economic network. Members work together to provide comprehensive professional service and product offerings around Plasma Active and devices such as Vivaldi. Professional support options make it easier to convince potential parties, such as users, clients, customers and partners, bringing KDE software to a larger group of users. Nine organizations have already joined."
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KDE Announces Partner Network

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  • KDE should make it easy for the companies to change the Firefox search boxes and start pages so they could make extra revenue. Then bundle some advertising system inside the OS and we're looking at a better deal for the companies.
    • First off, firefox is not part of KDE. Firefox is Mozilla's product. Secondly, I don't want advertisements at all anywhere in my operating system. They can stay the hell out.

      I like linux because it sticks largely to a set of design principles. It is good because it's design is good. Things that suck are phased out, things are improved.

      I'm sorry, but advertisements are an ulterior motive at best, and a surrender to mediocrity more likely.

      Plus I don't give a damn about what companies want. Companie
  • by mehemiah (971799) on Wednesday May 23, 2012 @10:29AM (#40088641) Homepage Journal
    I want the ZaTab to run PlasmaActive not android!
  • Vapor Tablet (Score:4, Interesting)

    by scorp1us (235526) on Wednesday May 23, 2012 @10:34AM (#40088719) Journal

    January 29 The Spark Tablet was announced (later renamed to Vivaldi). Two months it was supposed to be on the market. Now, it's 2 months after that and it still isn't shipping...

    I want the tablet, but hell if I know when I'll be able to buy one.

    • by Dcnjoe60 (682885)

      January 29 The Spark Tablet was announced (later renamed to Vivaldi). Two months it was supposed to be on the market. Now, it's 2 months after that and it still isn't shipping...

      I want the tablet, but hell if I know when I'll be able to buy one.

      The initial run was sold out, so if you didn't reserve one, you will have to wait for the 2nd run. The good news is that the extra delay allowed them to upgrade the specs on the tablet. If you are really desperate, you can purchase the Zethinks C71 which is the original Vivaldi spec'd tablet and install the plasma active image on it. The Vivaldi cost slightly more, but makes a contribution to KDE, so if you go the Zethinks route, you could also make a contribution to keep all things equal.

      • by jeffmeden (135043)

        The first run is *spoken for*... That does NOT mean they are shipped and in the wild. Unless of course you have some evidence to the contrary, so please share.

        • by Dcnjoe60 (682885)

          The first run is *spoken for*... That does NOT mean they are shipped and in the wild. Unless of course you have some evidence to the contrary, so please share.

          True, although the hardware is readily available and you can install the OS yourself from the kde active website. So, for all practical purposes, it is available sans the name Vivaldi on the tablet.

    • by msobkow (48369)

      Why am I not surprised it's vapourware?

      Even the article's link is to a preorder info page that tells you nothing useful about this theoretical device.

      Somebody spank the editors!

      • by jeffmeden (135043)

        Why am I not surprised it's vapourware?

        Even the article's link is to a preorder info page that tells you nothing useful about this theoretical device.

        Somebody spank the editors!

        What sort of information do you need? It runs a fork of Android (known as "Linux") with this KDE stuff as the GUI. It's basically a clone of the million different kind of Android tablets that have come out in the past 2 years.

        (not sure who is going to modsmack me worse, the Apple lovers or the GNU lovers...)

        • by msobkow (48369)

          Oh, just irrelevant little details like the CPU being used, it's speed, the amount of memory, the amount of flash storage, the type of connectivity, the resolution of the screen, the type of screen...

          Get the picture?

          It has nothing to do with Android, iOS, or a vendor preference.

          It has everything to do with a parent article with a blatant spam link! For a non-shipping, non-existent product, no less.

          • Re:Vapor Tablet (Score:4, Informative)

            by Patch86 (1465427) on Wednesday May 23, 2012 @03:01PM (#40092737)

            I've replied to one of your other posts already, but I'll dig you out the info for your convenience:

                    7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen (800x480)
                    1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with Mali 400 GPU
                    1GB DDR2 RAM
                    8 GB Nand Flash Disk
                    Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (3G via USB External)
                    1.3 MP built-in front facing camera
                    HDMI 1080P Output
                    2 USB ports
                    MicroSD slot
                    3.5 mm audio jack
                    Hardware volume and power buttons
                    4 dimensional Gsensor
                    Battery: 3000mAH @ 7.4v
                    Weight: 355 grams

        • by msobkow (48369)

          Hah! Someone changed the website since this morning -- they now have a specifications tab on the page.

          That should have been there before the link was posted, not after!

          • by Anonymous Coward

            The specification page has been there for months.

      • by Patch86 (1465427)

        Follow the second link. I'll copy/paste it for you:
        http://makeplaylive.com/ [makeplaylive.com]

        The software and hardware tabs tell you everything you need to know.

    • by KugelKurt (908765)

      January 29 The Spark Tablet was announced (later renamed to Vivaldi). Two months it was supposed to be on the market. Now, it's 2 months after that and it still isn't shipping...

      I want the tablet, but hell if I know when I'll be able to buy one.

      Nobody really needs the Vivaldi tablet. It is just off-the-shelf hardware with Linux and Plasma Active installed. Plasma Active is *not* vaporware. Two major versions were already released with the third major release planed to coincide with KDE Platform 4.9 to no longer rely on Platform 4.8 + patches. KP 4.9 is set for release in August: http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/KDE-SC-4-9-coming-in-August-1445350.html [h-online.com]
      You can get eg. an Acer Iconia W500 and install a regular Linux distribution with Plasma Act

  • That Elop shill.

  • The Wikipedia article is a confusing mess that makes no sense. Is it a company? A distribution like Ubuntu? An OS like GNUlinux? A desktop like LXDE?

    • Re:What is KDE? (Score:5, Informative)

      by stoolpigeon (454276) * <bittercode@gmail> on Wednesday May 23, 2012 @11:32AM (#40089707) Homepage Journal

      The first sentence seems pretty clear to me - it's a free software community. The section on organization says, "The financial and legal matters of KDE are handled by KDE e.V., which is a German non-profit organization, and help organizing the conferences and meetings of the community members." which also seems pretty clear.

      And there's more. There is a lot to the article but it doesn't seem too confusing to me.

      I'm a big KDE fan. I think they provide the best graphical desktop for linux, one of the better music players on any platform and I am a big fan of QT - specifically via PyQT and now PySide. I'm all for anything that keeps it all going.

      • one of the better music players on any platform

        Amarok or Clementine?

        • by KugelKurt (908765)

          Amarok or Clementine?

          Clementine is not a KDE product. It was forked from KDE code (Amarok 1.4) but Clementine is independent.
          Amarok is a KDE music player, Juk is another, and Bangarang is a multi-purpose media player that also plays and manages music.

        • Amarok is what I was referencing - guess I should have specified.

  • Hopefully it won't have kmail2...
    • Is Kmail1 still being developed? I loved classic Kmail but I've been limping along for months with the badly broken Akonadi based Kmail I got whacked with in a surprise Kubuntu release, long before it was ready. I somehow coaxed it into a minimally tolerable state. It doesn't mean I'm happy.

      On the bright side, at least it forced me to learn about Postgres to get rid of the absolutely horrid MySQL backend. All it needs now is a 100 less bugs and 100 times better performance.

      • by KugelKurt (908765)

        Is Kmail1 still being developed? I loved classic Kmail but I've been limping along for months with the badly broken Akonadi based Kmail I got whacked with in a surprise Kubuntu release, long before it was ready.

        No, KMail 1 is dead.
        The code is obviously still in SVN. As for Kubuntu: You became a victim of Canonical's KDE sabotage. I suggest you switch to openSUSE, enable the KDE Release 4.8 repository and retry KMail 4.8.

    • by KugelKurt (908765)

      Hopefully it won't have kmail2...

      No, it won't. KMail2 was actually never released. Only an alpha version shipped along K Desktop Environment 1.1 ever saw the light of day: http://kde.org/announcements/changelogs/changelog1_0to1_1.php [kde.org]

      After that the KDE community continued to develop KMail 1.x until they eventually shipped KMail 4.6 -- the current release is KMail 4.8.

  • KDE should set up a software ecosystem that refines all the software that comes default w/ KDE, including the Calligra Suite, the various K packages and so on. And do some major refining of certain apps, such as Kexi. That will enable them to attract mindshare, if what they have turns out to be really good, particularly for Plasma desktop.
  • by Corson (746347)
    Both KDE and Gnome are hardware-intensive desktops. There is a reason why Canonical switched to Unity. A KDE powered tablet? With KDE on a diet, maybe.
    • by KugelKurt (908765)

      Both KDE and Gnome are hardware-intensive desktops. There is a reason why Canonical switched to Unity. A KDE powered tablet? With KDE on a diet, maybe.

      As others already explained, KDE is not a desktop or even the name of software: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDE [wikipedia.org]
      As for your diet remark: http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.6/platform.php [kde.org] (from 1.5 years ago)

      • by Corson (746347)
        "KDE is an international free software community" -- Yes, well, when I install Linux it asks me whether I want a Gnome or a KDE desktop. Never thought I was choosing between two "international free software communities" ;) The second link you provided is great news. I always liked the KDE smooth look and feel, I always hated its sluggishness when compared to Gnome. Again, that seems to be in the past now. Thanks.
        • by KugelKurt (908765)

          "KDE is an international free software community" -- Yes, well, when I install Linux it asks me whether I want a Gnome or a KDE desktop. Never thought I was choosing between two "international free software communities" ;)

          WTF? Obviously Plasma Desktop is a KDE desktop because it is a desktop by KDE.
          If your distribution calls the desktop simply "KDE" then your distribution is simply wrong: http://kde.org/community/whatiskde/ [kde.org]
          http://kde.org/workspaces/plasmadesktop/ [kde.org]

          • by unixisc (2429386)
            Plasma Active desktop is the KDE desktop specific to tablets. If one wants KDE on a laptop or netbook, there are different KDE desktop implementations for those.
    • by unixisc (2429386)
      Why not try out Razor-qt [razor-qt.org] in that case?

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