Plasma Active infuses a tablet with the all-new, touch-based Activities user experience.
Today, Plasma Active and Mer development hit a major milestone as the open source software was parried with an ARCHOS G9 tablet.
Plasma Active is the innovative technology for a smarter user experience to run on future devices and platforms. The touchscreen interface is more than just an application launcher. As soon as the device is turned on, rather than the traditional grid of applications, you see the Activities view showing your current project, task or idea. With Activities, you can collect all of the documents, people, web sites, media and widgets related to a topic in one place, building personalized and interactive views of your life. Plasma Active is based on Qt and KDE technology, enabling efficient development of touchscreen user experiences.
This project was co-founded by Eva Brucherseifer, managing director of basysKom GmbH, and is providing the Linux platform and system integration for Plasma Active to run on.
Continuing to support Plasma Active, basysKom, is contributing UX design, development and system integration.
The ARCHOS G9 tablets are the most versatile tool for consumers who seek a connected life. The ARCHOS G9 range is optimized to deliver great user experiences and offers a full web experience for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications. The ARCHOS G9 tablets feature Texas Instruments ARM Cortex™ A9 based OMAP™ 4 smart multi-core processors as well as GPS, Wifi and a patented solution that lets the consumer add a standard PC 3G stick to their tablet whenever and wherever. The ARCHOS tablets are very interesting for every day use as well as a very affordable development target.
ARCHOS provided devices as well as technical support so that the basysKom team was able to get Mer and Plasma Active up and running on the G9 devices. The new successful port enriches again the variety of devices on which Plasma Active is currently running.
The project team is currently in the process of stabilizing, rendering and optimizing the images and is planning to make them available for wider testing soon. The ARCHOS™ GPL sources are already available online at https://gitorious.org/~archos
A demo of an ARCHOS G9 tablet running Plasma Active will be shown by basysKom at Qt DevDays in San Francisco from November 29th – December 1st. Stop by the booth to experience Plasma Active on the new ARCHOS G9.