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KDE Plasma Active: the Mobile Interface That Works 70

jrepin writes "Bruce Byfield is not a fan of interfaces for mobile devices. At best, he finds them clumsy makeshifts, tolerable only because nothing better is available. The only exception is KDE's Plasma Active, which not only works well on tablets, but, with its recently released version 3.0, remains the only mobile-inspired interface he can tolerate on a workstation."
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KDE Plasma Active: the Mobile Interface That Works

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  • Looks interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by xkpe ( 1842034 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @09:32AM (#41841313)
    Looking at the video it has some interesting concepts to make it more usable on touch devices, but to some point they still rely in rather small buttons that are hard to touch.
    It also seems very slow but it might be a debug version.
  • Long-time KDE user (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 01, 2012 @09:42AM (#41841403)

    Lately I've been trying to find how I can get one of the available tablets to run KDE. After going through all the disruption of the early KDE 4 releases, I'm glad to see things settle out and be usable. For the whole time I've been hearing about Windows 8 and its "do things the same way on the desktop and the laptop", I've been thinking of how well KDE has managed NOT to screw this up--and be in the game much earlier than Microsoft. Now I'm ready to try KDE Plasma Active on a tablet!

  • by oic0 ( 1864384 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @10:07AM (#41841621)
    What is this? radio? just show us some pictures of it and let us come to our own conclusions instead of telling us what we should think lol.
  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @04:28PM (#41846335) Journal
    Because, more and more, laptops are being used as workstations. In addition, more and more laptops are being produced with touch screens, if not flat out convertibility to tablets. The line between mobile device and workstation is not as sharply delineated as you want it to be.

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