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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I don't get it
by charlieg on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 22:00 UTC
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Am I meant to be impressed?

A bunch of effects that made Compiz famous donkeys years ago. And what? Still lots of inconsistent / bad layout. It still looks a bit crap, but it's got a bit of OpenGL mixed in?

I don't get what they're showing off here other than how the UX is some way behind pretty much any other major desktop technology.

I went to XFCE/glx-dock and never looked back. I don't say this as some Mac snob.

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RE: I don't get it
by emilsedgh on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 22:16 in reply to "I don't get it"
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Its not about effects. Moving to OpenGL scenegraph means serious performance improvements.

Also, move to QML means that developers do not need to code in C++ to design applets. Which means applets could be created/polished much more easily.

So, plasma2 is mainly: Replacing X with Wayland, polishing what we've already got and better performance.

Disclaimer: Minor KDE contributor

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RE[2]: I don't get it
by sbenitezb on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 22:37 in reply to "RE: I don't get it"
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You don't get it. It may be a performance improvement or easier to code with QML, but it still looks behind everything else, as the parent poster said.

Years ago, things were different, even Windows 7 panel was some sort of rip off of KDE 4.

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