Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 21:15 UTC, submitted by JRepin
KDE

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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RE[7]: Missing the point
by oper on Tue 24th Dec 2013 17:35 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Missing the point"
oper
Member since:
2012-08-30

> "The team evaluated the start menus of common desktops including KDE 3.5, the GNOME main menu developed for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop and Windows Vista Beta 2."

> http://old-en.opensuse.org/Kickoff

That was talking only about the Kickoff, the start menu. They are not talking about KDE 4, which is much more than its default start menu.

> Vista did it first.

If we think about it, that doesn't really demonstrate anything, because KDE 4 betas and interface drafts were *not* hidden to Vista beta developers.

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RE[8]: Missing the point
by joekiser on Tue 24th Dec 2013 18:30 in reply to "RE[7]: Missing the point"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

> "The team evaluated the start menus of common desktops including KDE 3.5, the GNOME main menu developed for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop and Windows Vista Beta 2."

> http://old-en.opensuse.org/Kickoff

That was talking only about the Kickoff, the start menu. They are not talking about KDE 4, which is much more than its default start menu.

> Vista did it first.

If we think about it, that doesn't really demonstrate anything, because KDE 4 betas and interface drafts were *not* hidden to Vista beta developers.


"If we think about it..."

Yeah, that's a really nice spin. The Kickoff team's OWN WEBPAGE attributes the Vista menu as an inspiration for their design, not the other way around. As a matter of fact, Kickoff was originally available for KDE 3.5 on openSUSE, because it would be another year before KDE 4.0 even hit alpha stage.

When the KDE team saw the effects that Aero provided, they went full derp mode on translucency and special effects, a decision that still plagues the project to this day.

Look, I realize development teams do not live in a vacuum. I realize that they are influenced by common trends, technologies, etc. But saying Vista ripped off KDE 4.0 is a lie. KDE 4.0 did not even hit alpha stage until SEVEN MONTHS after Vista had been on shelves.

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RE[9]: Missing the point
by shmerl on Tue 24th Dec 2013 22:05 in reply to "RE[8]: Missing the point"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

The design was openly discussed prior to the time when it "hit the shelves".

Edited 2013-12-24 22:06 UTC

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