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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RE: ARM support
by Morty on Tue 11th Oct 2011 20:10 UTC 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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RE[3]: ARM support
by Neolander on Wed 12th Oct 2011 05:47 in reply to "RE[2]: ARM support"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, to work as well as on x86, Linux on ARM would need two things : standard and well-documented hardware, and easy device reflashing.

Several major phone manufacturers are opening up their bootloaders, so we're getting there on the reflashing front. But as for standard and well-documented hardware... NVidia, TI, and Qualcomm each do their own thing in their little corner, and if it has not changed since the last time I checked, the only resource which they publicly provide to OS developers are binary Android drivers.

Probably someone will end up reverse engineering those or shoehorning them on Linux at some point, and we'll get something not very reliable and efficient like Nouveau, but for every piece of ARM hardware out there. The future of Linux on ARM, or every other alternative OS for that matter, does not look bright.

Edited 2011-10-12 05:50 UTC

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