The KDE Community announces the release of Plasma Active 4 (PA4). Plasma Active is a user experience technology stack for consumer electronics. While the default user interface is for tablets, it can be customized to work on smartphones, settop boxes, smart TVs, and touch computing devices such as home automation and in-vehicle infotainment. There are major new improvements to the Files application, an overhaul of the on-screen keyboard and a completely free and open source system based on the Mer Core. The Plasma Active team invites involvement from people who want to participate in the widespread movement towards mobile computing on open platforms.
Plasma Active 4 is a stabilization and performance release, the result of developers focusing on fit and finish throughout. This release is intended to complete the evolution of Plasma Active to a polished product relative to its proof of concept first release. The emphasis is now on providing a solid foundation for third party applications, additional content and device adaptations. Plasma Active 4 is well-suited to customization for specific needs, use cases and markets. This release sets the stage for adopting newer technologies such as Qt5 and Wayland in future releases.
What's so special about Plasma Active?
Thomas Pfeiffer, Plasma Active User eXperience designer writes:
What Plasma Active 4 offers
New to Plasma Active 4
There are many ways to get involved with PA4:
Getting started with hacking on Plasma Active is easier than ever. PA4 is based on Qt 4.8 and the KDE platform 4.10 releases, so everything specific to Plasma Active can be built on top of the development packages of KDE Platform 4.10 releases from most Linux distributions. It is possible to have the Plasma Active Workspace and Active applications running on a machine in matter of minutes.
Packaging is easy as well. Start by installing the Mer SDK. It is completely self-contained, and can be dropped on top of any distribution. It doesn’t really “touch” the underlying system.
Please help port Plasma Active to new devices and get more applications written for touch devices. The Plasma Active website has more information and links to resources.
Plasma Active and its applications are built collaboratively on the following key technologies:
Many thanks to the Plasma Active team for building this exceptional software environment to serve users. It is not possible to single out particular people. The team knows who the heroes are. Thank you.