Plasma Active

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A tablet operating system based on KDE's Plasma desktop interface and the Linux kernel

editor's review





Plasma Active is an open source Linux-based operating system specifically engineered for mobile and embedded devices, such as tablets, IVI, smart TVs, set-top box, smartphones, etc. It is based on the well known openSUSE distribution and built around the mdoern KDE Plasma user interface.

Availability, boot options, supported platforms

The operating system is available for download as a single Live CD ISO image. In order to use it on the WeTab  or ExoPC tablets, you will need to write it onto USB flash drive of 1GB or higher capacity. Detailed installation instructions are provided at

From the boot prompt, users can start the live environment with default settings, boot an existing operating system that is installed on the first disk drive, as well as to directly install the distribution. However, we do not recommend to install the distribution without first testing it using the first boot entry.

KDE for tablets

The KDE Plasma graphical session seems very responsive and looks modern, futuristic. It is comprised of a top panel, which displays the network connection, a clock and some social networking functions. On the desktop, we can notice a small bookmark widget, a virtual desktop switcher, and the main menu.

Default applications include the Plasma Media Center, KWrite text editor, Konsole terminal emulator, KPatience card sorting game, Marble virtual globe and world atlas, as well as a news reader, calendar, image viewer, web browser, mail client, contact manager, book reader, alarm, note-taking, and to-do utilities.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Plasma Active is a special Linux-based operating system that has been designed from the ground up to promote the latest and greatest Linux technologies, as well as the modern and powerful KDE Plasma graphical environment on mobile and/or embedded devices, such as tablet computers like Nexus 7, Archos G9 and Nokia N950.

Plasma Active was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 3rd, 2014
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