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KDE Releases Plasma Active Two 49

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jrepin writes with a snippet from the release announcement of Plasma Active Two: "Mobile devices that adapt to who you are, reflecting what you are doing when you are doing it. This concept is at the heart of the Plasma Active user experience. Plasma Active One was released in October 2011, providing early adopters the first opportunity to experience Activities on a tablet. Since then, the design and development team behind this open source touch interface has been hard at work on an update. ... information about real-world usage enabled the team to improve the end-user experience significantly over the past two months."
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KDE Releases Plasma Active Two

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  • by undeadbill (2490070) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @01:18PM (#38371788)

    The screenshots from the site are beautiful. I really like how they are *finally* taking focus on performance for lower end systems, and I hope it translates to better performance on lower end laptops as well.

    But I also wish they had taken this focus more than 5 years ago. It would have made a huge difference for me, and other people who have since migrated away from KDE because of performance issues.

  • by thisnamestoolong (1584383) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @01:37PM (#38372112)
    This is the right way to make a tablet UI; keep the desktop UI, and create an entirely new one for touch screens. The methods of input are so different that there is no silver bullet cure for unifying the two interfaces. The way users interact with and use such devices is fundamentally different, and the workflow for one is UNUSABLE on the other. Ever try using Windows 7 with a touchscreen? It's an absolute nightmare. Why would anyone think that it would work better in the other direction?
  • Re:Pinch to zoom? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vizZzion (832507) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @02:59PM (#38373496) Homepage
    In the MeeGo and Mer images, pinch-to-zoom works for the image viewer, the webbrowser, and other Plasma apps that implement this gesture. It's just not shown in the video.
  • Plasma is bloated (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:16PM (#38373786)

    KDE should have stuck with version 3. Plasma is a poor copy of Windows. KDE 3 was good: it was functional and fast. It's great that it is still alive with Trinity.

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