Aaron Seigo, the main developer of KDE-shell Plasma, announced the delivery of the first copies of the KDE tablet Vivaldi for testing.
It turns out that on the same day as Canonical announcing Edge smart-phone, the first KDE Vivaldi tablets happened to be shipping. Currently, certification unit in EC / FCC has not yet passed, so the test samples are distributed in a narrow range of developers. Nevertheless, it is reassuring to know that the project is in a year of stagnation (originally, in the market has been scheduled for May 2012), off the ground.
Initially, the tablet from the KDE project planned to release on the basis of OEM-ready models from one of the Chinese manufacturers. Said device has a sufficiently mediocre performance and have difficulty organizational plan, so in the end it was decided using a different filling the hardware-based dual-core SoC and the screen of higher quality. The software is based on the user’s environment KDE Plasma Active and system components from the project Mer (a fork of MeeGo).
– 7-inch touch screen (800×480) with support for multi-touch;
– Dual-core SoC based on CPU 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU and GPU Mali-400 (supports hardware acceleration of video decoding of H.264-1080p);
– 1 GB of RAM;
– 8 GB built-in Flash;
– Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g (3G support via an external USB-modem)
– 1.3-megapixel web-camera;
– 2-port USB, slot MicroSD, 3.5 mm audio input / output port, and HDMI (1080P);
– Battery 3000mAH;
– Weight 355 gr.
The cost of the tablet is approximately 200 euros. The tablet does not have any restrictions on how to change the firmware, if you wish you can install the Android platform or one of the distributions of Linux. In addition users will be given the tools to adapt standard firmware for their needs, for example, you can create an option for educational institutions. To download additional programs, other than the default package repositories Mer and the Open Build Service, will create a special online-catalog of applications through which will also allow distribution of paid programs.
Plasma Active shell is based on KDE technology and is optimized for use on touch-screen devices. From the classic versions for PC and KDE Plasma Active is different netbooks different approach to the organization of interaction with the user – is widely used management through control gestures and manipulation of the touch screen. As in the PC version of KDE Plasma Active in isolation for various activities employ the concept of rooms (Activities), but work with rooms implemented a little differently. From the outside in the base application can be noted web-browser, image viewer, media player, document viewer program with simple editing features (Calligra Active), email, calendar, scheduler (Kontact Touch), a selection of games. If desired, the Plasma Active, you can use the usual applications running in the classic environment KDE.