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KDE's Plasma Active Ported To Nexus 7 55

Posted by timothy
from the looking-handy dept.
sfcrazy writes "KDE developers have succeeded in running the touch-optimized Plasma Active Linux Distribution on Nexus 7. Earlier Ubuntu developers managed to create a installer for Nexus 7, but those builds also showed that Unity, in its current form, is not ready for touch-based devices. KDE has an edge here as they have optimized versions for netbooks, desktops and touch-based devices so a user doesn't have to make any compromises as one has to do with other DEs or shells which are focusing more in touch-based devices only." Here are detailed instructions on how to install it.
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KDE's Plasma Active Ported To Nexus 7

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  • by BlackPignouf (1017012) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @09:24AM (#42368837)

    Unity, in its current form, is not ready for touch-based devices

    Well, it isn't ready for desktops either! :D

    • by KiloByte (825081)

      At least unlike Gnome3 or, Cthulhu save us, Metro, no one seriously tries to put Unity on touch-based devices.

      • by blackest_k (761565) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:18AM (#42369095) Homepage Journal

        I tried it with ubuntu on an archos G9 101 and touch orientated devices need a different interface to a desktop. Scroll bars are very tricky selecting a tool from the toolbox in the gimp for example too small to be usable. Now if you plug in a mouse and keyboard its pretty much the same as a 10 inch netbook. Theres a good number of gui's for linux but maybe kde plasma might be the only workable one. Theres a few things that need rethinking such as arranging text boxes to be visible when you bring up a keyboard even bringing up a keyboard when it is needed also needed.

        In theory it should be possible to get tools such as gtk and qt to respond in a touch friendly way on a touch friendly device but there is a long way to go before you can just run what you want on a touch screen.

        • by KugelKurt (908765)

          KDE have worked a lot already splitting application core and UI in many components and thanks to Nokia's past ownership Qt turned into a first grade mobile framework with technologies like QtQuick. With QtQuick it's even possible to write adaptive UIs rather easily: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2MjFw_Pewg [youtube.com]

          Complete desktop support for QtQuick will still take a while (Qt 5.1 or 5.2, depending on progress) but with the modifications KDE already made throughout their stack one QtQuick-based UI for mobiles and

    • by kthreadd (1558445)
      I know several users that uses it on their desktop. It's not a desktop suitable for everyone though.
    • by G3ckoG33k (647276) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:29AM (#42369179)

      "Well, it isn't ready for desktops either! :D"

      Well, Windows 8 sucks even more on desktops. The ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS that...

      KDE is cool with touch-based devices, not perfect, yet better than Win 8! :)

      KDE is probably the best option for anyone using mouse and keyboard.

      • by hendridm (302246)

        > KDE is probably the best option for anyone using mouse and keyboard.

        Ford is the best option for anyone needing transportation for use on the road.

      • by westlake (615356)

        Well, Windows 8 sucks even more on desktops. The ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS that...

        I don't know that.

        I am sixty five years old. living quietly in a small town in upstate New York. Geeks are thin on the ground here and I have never seen one in the wild. That is what attracted me to Slashdot.

        I was almost fifty when I was gifted with a hand-me-down P75 Packard Bell and went online with Win 95, a 14K modem and dial-up AOL.

        I completed the upgrade-in-place thing to Win 8 Pro on the desktop late last Sunday night.

        I have since been moving freely and comfortably between Metro, Media Center, the

  • If not, forget it as a temporary workaround.

    • Theoretically, yes. There are plasma-active packages in the ubuntu repositories and ubuntu is targetting (Unity) the Nexus 7 for 13.04

      So provided anyone from debian wants to upstream the builds...

  • by TejWC (758299) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:00AM (#42369023)

    Just a FYI: this is not like the other "Ubuntu on Android" solutions that exist. Android is actually wiped out of this tablet and replaced with Mer (formally MeeGo) with KDE Plasma running on top. You also get "real" multi-tasking with this distro.

    • I curious as to what you define a "real" multi-tasking, such that it needs mentioning in this case

      • by TejWC (758299)

        As opposed to Android (which requires you to save your state when your app is backgrounded), you don't need to write any code to make your app a "multi-tasking" app. Also, you can do things like view 2+ apps that are running at the same time.

  • by blind biker (1066130) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:20AM (#42369111) Journal

    I've been a KDE fan for a long time (sans the brief periods of horror, but the KDE guys at least can learn from their mistakes). The thing is, the user experience on the Nexus 7 is already downright decadent out of the box. If I install Plasma (which I have seen earlier), my Nexus 7 will be brain-meltingly awesome.

  • by drankr (2796221)
    ... all I want to run is Android. That being said, I'm interested to see that KDE tablet they've been announcing. There I'm sure plasma active will make all the sense in the world. Unity per se was not bad on a laptop, but they really blew it with that Amazon thing. That rendered Ubuntu totally ridiculous and unusable.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      On a gerneral purpose computing device in a tablet form factor all I want to run is whatever I bloody choose, on the hardware. Not what others choose for me, not in a VM bubble, not attached to either a walled garden of some other wet dream of a business model where they try to farm me like some ant stroking an aphids back. The very last thing I want to run is 'apps', whatever they are.

      • by drankr (2796221)
        Then we’re both in luck. I can buy hardware that is tested and fully compatible with the software it ships with, and then use it that way, you can buy the same hardware and then put OpenBSD on it. The difference between us is you seem to be angry for some reason.
    • by rundgong (1575963) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @12:34PM (#42370095)

      on an android tablet... ... all I want to run is Android.

      Why?
      Isn't that like saying "On a Windows PC all I want to run is Windows"? By that logic there would be almost no Linux PCs since most of them come with Windows pre-installed.

      Dual booting [xda-developers.com] Android and a full Linux dist seems like a pretty nice feature on a tablet.

      • by drankr (2796221)
        I use Linux only on my laptops (have no other PCs) and I do suffer with unsupported and untested (for Linux) hardware. That's the only reason.
        • I'd love to know what that hardware is. I've been hard-pressed to find anything that doesn't work out of the box for me.
    • by lennier1 (264730)

      Since modular tablets like the Asus Transformer are taking over the niche Netbooks filled a few years ago (portable computers for situations that don't require the power of a full-fledged laptop), it doesn't hurt to have more options in that segment.

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