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KDE Plasma Active 3 Improves Performance, Brings New Apps 70

Posted by samzenpus
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jrepin writes "KDE has released the 3rd stable version of Plasma Active, KDE's device-independent user experience. The Plasma Active user interface is touch-friendly and works well across a range of devices. Its Activities function gives users a natural way to organize and access their applications, files and information. Plasma Active Three noticeably improves the user experience with its enhanced and expanded set of apps, improved performance and a new virtual keyboard."
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KDE Plasma Active 3 Improves Performance, Brings New Apps

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  • Can I use it with my Planar touchscreen monitor and netbook though? Would be one way to bridge this huge divide between touch type devices and the PC world.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, you can.

      In fact, one thing we'll be working on in (hopefully near) future is the ability to switch (even automatically based on hardware events) between different interface paradigms if you wish: dock for a desktop, run away with a tablet; or flip up the screen for a desktop, swivel it flat for a tablet; or .. just pick manually :)

      We already have the "pick manually" working for switching between Plasma Netbook and Desktop. It's been there for some time in System Settings, in fact. The plan is to take t

      • Very outstanding, as a test engineer or metallurgical foundry engineer this type of hardware event functionality is just what we need! I actually really miss the Gateway switcheable laptops you used to be able to buy. This type of thing might actually make "ultrabooks" good for something.

  • Are they going to finish converting/redesigning Quanta?

  • Now 'merely' slow instead of 'really' slow, so it's an improvement.

  • All these new features into KDE and the developers still won't (can't?) fix a 4+ year old bug that is about basic functionality -- that of honoring the -geometry command line option.

    Please vote for this bug to be fixed!

    https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=165355 [kde.org]

    • by KugelKurt (908765)

      All these new features into KDE and the developers still won't (can't?) fix a 4+ year old bug that is about basic functionality -- that of honoring the -geometry command line option.

      That is basic functionality for you? WTF? This is advanced functionality only a tiny niche audience cares about and of that niche audience most would use KWin rules for the same feature.

      • by kmahan (80459)

        Maybe it is considered advanced for KDE4. Many apps such as Konsole in KDE4 all purport to support this advanced option in their help - so it could be argued that it is a bug in KDE4 and not a new feature.

        As for it being basic - I've been using it in X for 20+ years. I guess I'd consider it more primitive than advanced. KDE3 had great support for it.

        I've looked at KWin Rules before. From the provided examples and trying it I didn't see an obvious way to handle my use scenario - perhaps you can suggest

        • by KugelKurt (908765)

          Thanks for proving my point: It's a feature for a tiny niche audience.

          • by kmahan (80459)

            You do seem indicative of a lot of the KDE users I've met. The general feeling is that KDE shouldn't be used by developers.

            • by KugelKurt (908765)

              You do seem indicative of a lot of the KDE users I've met. The general feeling is that KDE shouldn't be used by developers.

              As if that single option was a requirement by all developers and not a niche...
              KDE software is developed by developers and seems like they can live just fine without the option, just like ALL Windows, OSX, etc. developers can since forever.

  • by ingwa (958475) on Monday October 15, 2012 @06:45PM (#41664159)
    I really cannot understand why there is not more interest in this. This is HUGE: It's the first and only fully free working environment for tablets. And it presents a new way of working with tablets (activities) that seems to be more suited to our brains than other paradigms. And it's beautiful to boot.
    • by KugelKurt (908765)

      I really cannot understand why there is not more interest in this.

      Because Win8 is not yet in stores, along with all those x86 tablets coming with it.
      Don't know about KPA3 but KPA1&2 required patched kdelibs, making it very complicated for Linux distributors to package it.
      I usually like KDE but their patch requirement in KPA1&2 was totally retarded. Hopefully KPA3 relies only on stock SC 4.9.

  • Once upon a time there was an idea to target both phones and tablets - what happened to that? It seems like they're only concentrating on tablets now.
    -someone who was really looking forward to running KDE on his phone

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