Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 21:15 UTC, submitted by JRepin

Plasma 2 Technology Preview demonstrates the current development status. The Plasma 2 user interfaces are built using QML and run on top of a fully hardware accelerated graphics stack using Qt5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma 2 is a converged workspace shell that can run and switch between user interfaces for different formfactors, and makes the workspace adaptable to a given target device.

Plasma 2 is not a complete rewrite; it's a port to a new graphics system (a fully hardware accelerated OpenGL(ES) scenegraph).

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RE: Ugliness
by cfgr on Tue 24th Dec 2013 10:13 UTC in reply to "Ugliness"
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True. The default KDE theme is horrible and it always has been. It can be made a lot prettier with QtCurve and a different desktop theme fortunately. I understand that everybody's taste is different and it's hard to decide on a default look and feel, but I still think they should have gone for a more sane default with a background, opacity and colours that are easier on the eyes.

I have the same problem with Unity actually. The theme just feels too heavy. Gnome3 is a lot better in that regard, but I strongly dislike its functionality (or lack thereof).

Edited 2013-12-24 10:14 UTC

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