Phoronix: What's Being Brewed For KDE's Plasma Active
Aaron Seigo wrote this morning about some of what's happening next for KDE's Plasma Active, which reveals some interesting future endeavours...
*Agreement was originally between Nokia and KDE but I just checked the KDE Free Qt Foundation-- if Qt is sold (which it was) the agreement passes onto the new buyer as a mandatory asset.
On topic, this is pretty cool and exactly why I love KDE. I actually have to wonder how long till we get cool new experimental desktop concepts based on plasma2. It's sounding to me that for instance they could now pull off what those people did with the Qt based Wayland Compositor that was like an FPS, in plasma2 as a containment.
The OP left off what I think is the greatest development: all plasma workspaces will use the same underlying C++ code. They will just be different QML components slapped on top of the code. This means it will be quick and easy to switch between different types of workspaces. Aaron gave the example of your laptop switching to plasma media center automatically when plugged into a TV, but other examples include switching your tablet to netbook mode if you plug in a keyboard and mouse or desktop mode if you also plug it into a larger screen.
It also means it will be easy for people to modify them or make entirely new ones and distribute them through plasma-built in download system. There won't be any need to worry about your distribution compiling anything, as long as the data engines and runners are available you just need to press a few buttons and it will download and install automatically. People who complain about the cashew can just release a containment that doesn't have it, people who complain about X feature from kicker can replace the panel with a kicker clone, etc.
Thanks, thanks a lot.Yes, this means that the next major version of Plasma is going to be somewhat unexciting. We can't promise the fireworks of the 4.0 release.