Plasma Active 4
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 http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Active/WeTab.
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.
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.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on May 3rd, 2014
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- New Apps:
- Files is a new default application in Plasma Active. It is a file manager, but, unlike most others, it isn't based on folders; rather users can search for documents by file type, creation time and semantic information such as Tags. Files does not use the file system directly; it organizes documents with Nepomuk, Plasma Active's underlying semantic engine.
Application descriptionPlasma Active is an operating system based on KDE Plasma and designed especially for mobile computing devices, su...