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. “Activities” in Plasma Active 2 group similar content like apps and contact together, and the “Peek&Launch” bar allows you to switch to another running app. Apparently, Plasma Active 2 has a recommendation engine that learns usage patters and makes suggestions. Clearly, Plasma Active 2 has been built with care and will be received well by KDE fans.
This YouTube video describes the new features.
Plasma Active is intended for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices such as settop boxes, smart TVs, home automation or in-vehicle infotainment. Plasma Active is a joint project by the KDE community, basysKom and open-slx. The goals for this open source project are:
- a fast embedded UX platform with minimal memory requirements
- customizable and modular to support different form factors
- an interface that adapts as users change Activities
KDE has suffered a lot because of a shortage of active developers. This resulted in a half-baked release of KDE Software Compilation 4. Plasma Active 2 is a success for the KDE Software Compilation 4, which is struggling hard to mend its damaged reputation.
For download and installation, of Plasma Active 2 on various x86 and ARM based devices, visit this page.