KDE takes on Android, Apple's iOS on smartphones and tablets
Oct 10, 2011, 12:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If another group was trying to take on Android and Apple's iOS
on smartphones and tablets, I'd dismiss them. RIM, BlackBerry's
parent company, is having a heck of a time getting anyone to buy
into PlayBook and while HP TouchPad users loved it,HP killed the
TouchPad after only a few weeks. So, why should anyone think that
KDE, makers of one of the two most popular Linux desktops, should
stand a chance with Plasma Active? Well, because KDE has a long
history of delivering the goods with minimal resources.
"So what is it? Plasma Active is not, like Android, iOS, or
webOS, an operating system. It's a KDE 4.x style interface and
application programming interface (API) designed for touch devices.
The Plasma Active Team states that "Plasma Active is innovative
technology for an intelligent user experience (UX). It is intended
for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices
such as set-top boxes, smart TVs, home automation, in-vehicle