Linked by lemur2 on Tue 11th Oct 2011 14:30 UTC
KDE KDE has announced the release of Plasma Active One, which is a KDE 4.x style interface and API designed for touch devices. The Plasma Active Team states that "Plasma Active is innovative technology for an intelligent user experience. It is intended for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices such as set-top boxes, smart TVs, home automation, in-vehicle infotainment".
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ARM support
by saynte on Tue 11th Oct 2011 17:36 UTC
saynte
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2007-12-10

ARM support is still in development? Given the landscape of smartphones and tablets, I wonder why that wasn't the first target.

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RE: ARM support
by vivainio on Tue 11th Oct 2011 18:26 in reply to "ARM support"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Because every arm chipset is different, you would basically need to take a specific board as a starting point.

For an OS's project it makes sense to productize intel first and then think of arm. Once pa goes wayland, arm support will be much easier to do because of lessrequirements imposed on drivers.

If you are interested in following up on how pa reaches different hw platforms, start tracking the Mer project.

Tl;Dr; arm sucks

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RE[2]: ARM support
by saynte on Tue 11th Oct 2011 18:50 in reply to "RE: ARM support"
saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

ARM sucks? Or is it just that SoCs suck due to their specialized nature?

Also, couldn't they have taken some of the Android kernel/driver code? I guess the higher layers may have to be rebuilt, but the drivers should be in a usable state (because they are used ;) ).

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RE: ARM support
by Morty on Tue 11th Oct 2011 20:10 in reply to "ARM support"
Morty Member since:
2005-07-06

ARM support is still in development? Given the landscape of smartphones and tablets, I wonder why that wasn't the first target.

You already answered the question, given the landscape of smartphones and tablets.

The issue is that apart from Nokias Maemo and Megoo phones, there are no Meego or other Linux(w/userspace) available devices. It's only Android, lacing the Linux userspace.

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RE[2]: ARM support
by saynte on Tue 11th Oct 2011 21:39 in reply to "RE: ARM support"
saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

Yeah, I can appreciate the technical problems in getting it onto today's hardware.

I really hope that ARM is a the next big development step, I think Linux likely got where it is now because it ran/runs on the common hardware. Virtually no-one I know has any x86 based phone or tablet devices, but that's not to say that it not useful to target those devices.

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