Linked by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 15th Aug 2010 18:31 UTC
KDE KDE reaches out to another device form factor. Plasma's plugin-based design is at work again, after launching KDE special netbook interface. This time around, the KDE team presents its Plasma Tablet interface.
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UI Reuse? Bad Idea
by tony on Mon 16th Aug 2010 03:55 UTC
tony
Member since:
2005-07-06

Hopefully they can get the speed to where it's usable (as shown would drive me nuts after about 2 minute).

It looks like they aren't making the same mistake as Microsoft, in trying to graft a touch screen interface onto their existing apps. That typically ends up as a badly done skin, and then you drop right into the Win32 API with its mouse-specific interface.

Usability is a bit of a concern, only because open source doesn't have the greatest track record for making interfaces that aren't terrifying to the general public (Microsoft does only slightly better). Android is the best at that in the open source world.

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RE: UI Reuse? Bad Idea
by KAMiKAZOW on Mon 16th Aug 2010 09:33 in reply to "UI Reuse? Bad Idea"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

Hopefully they can get the speed to where it's usable (as shown would drive me nuts after about 2 minute).

"Plasma Tablet on a device that uses VESA drivers and therefor doesn't run at full performance," says the video caption.

Usability is a bit of a concern, only because open source doesn't have the greatest track record for making interfaces that aren't terrifying to the general public (Microsoft does only slightly better). Android is the best at that in the open source world.

IMHO usability-wise pretty much everything is better than the average Microsoft GUI (exceptions like Win Phone 7 exist obviously).
Big FOSS projects like KDE and GNOME have usability teams these days and since it's easier to apply a good GUI on top of new applications (or in this case a completely new GUI on top of an existing core) than to rearrange existing GUIs, I not worried about usability.

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RE: UI Reuse? Bad Idea
by Timmmm on Mon 16th Aug 2010 13:30 in reply to "UI Reuse? Bad Idea"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

It looks like they aren't making the same mistake as Microsoft, in trying to graft a touch screen interface onto their existing apps. That typically ends up as a badly done skin, and then you drop right into the Win32 API with its mouse-specific interface.


True, however, look at Qt QUICK. It allows you to have more than one interface style for a single app.

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RE[2]: UI Reuse? Bad Idea
by mart on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:56 in reply to "RE: UI Reuse? Bad Idea"
mart Member since:
2005-11-17

True, however, look at Qt QUICK. It allows you to have more than one interface style for a single app.


yep, that's what is being used in Plasma mobile, Plasma tablet and Kontact mobile

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