Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Apr 2011 22:13 UTC
KDE New open source projects have been launched by KDE developers aimed at bringing a consistent user interface across a varied of touch screen interfaces like tablets and entertainment devices and take data integration to a new level. The new Plasma Active and Contour projects were developed to offer a new user experience for tablets, smartphones and set top boxes.
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hmm
by Moochman on Wed 13th Apr 2011 23:20 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm being negative, I know, but did they test this thing with real users, or is it just some developer's dream vision? This UI looks finicky, it's got tons of hidden control points (e.g. flicking with a small gesture outside of the primary icon area, slow dragging from an invisible area on the right side of the screen, dragging an arrow-shaped thingy to the left to open groups) and confusing multiple ways of representing things (cover-flow/stack view vs. icon group window view thingy). Very skeptical.... Sorry.

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RE: hmm
by roverrobot on Wed 13th Apr 2011 23:41 in reply to "hmm"
roverrobot Member since:
2006-07-23

slow dragging from an invisible area on the right side of the screen


Invisible? Isn't there a handle? I actually think a not-so-intrusive handle is a good design on small form factor touch screens.

confusing multiple ways of representing things (cover-flow/stack view vs. icon group window view thingy


Isn't this kinda norm these days? Look at how many "confusing" ways any reasonable file manager has.

Plus this project is in its infancy. Yet it shows interesting possibilities with the current KDE plasma framework.

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RE: hmm
by Elv13 on Thu 14th Apr 2011 00:09 in reply to "hmm"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Most KDE apps use MVC, so it is possible to create new views for most of them without major refactor. The future of Linux is on mobile (Android alone apparently...) so laying some work to be able to survive at some point in the future seem to be a good idea. Its like knowing an asteroid is coming to earth and just waiting until you can see it without a telescope to act. I don't think Plasma will gain that much traction on mobile until there is an Android UI based on it, but still good to know that they think about it right now.

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RE[2]: hmm
by Hiev on Thu 14th Apr 2011 00:22 in reply to "RE: hmm"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Maybe true, but most if not all are not battery friendly and thats an important aspect for mobile devices.

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RE[2]: hmm
by puelocesar on Thu 14th Apr 2011 01:55 in reply to "RE: hmm"
puelocesar Member since:
2008-10-30

Yes, but if there's no one with at least little knowledge on user research among developers, it will only be "a developer's dream", failing to be actually useful, like Plasma on Desktop is and Gnome Shell probably will be

Edited 2011-04-14 02:08 UTC

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RE[2]: hmm
by Neolander on Thu 14th Apr 2011 07:02 in reply to "RE: hmm"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

How could the future of Linux be on mobile while there's currently only few open mobile devices to install it on, and mostly through hacks that won't work with the next generation of each handset ?

An android that's not rooted is not much better than iOS as far as openness is concerned. I wouldn't expect major system modifications like the installation of KDE to work without root access...

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RE: hmm
by Bille on Thu 14th Apr 2011 06:54 in reply to "hmm"
Bille Member since:
2007-05-31

We're in the prototype phase currently. This means we're open to feedback and contributions from real users, UX specialists, other developers and OSNews commenters. The final UI will likely look nothing like what we currently have.

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RE: hmm
by mart on Thu 14th Apr 2011 09:24 in reply to "hmm"
mart Member since:
2005-11-17

I'm being negative, I know, but did they test this thing with real users, or is it just some developer's dream vision?


Just to reassure everybody on this: we have actual user interaction designers doing actual user testing working on the project ;)

so, I expect the UI of this first prototype to be significantly different in the first actual release

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