Saturday, January 28

Meet Spark, First Linux Tablet Running KDE Plasma Active


Aaron J. Seigo, from KDE Plasma Active development team has revealed a tablet which could be the first device to come with Plasma Active pre-installed.

If you don't know about Plasma Active project yet:

Plasma Active is a joint project by the KDE community, basysKom and open-slx. The goals for this open source project are to deliver a fast embedded UX platform with minimal memory requirements, provide customizable and modular to support different form factors and design an interface that adapts as users change Activities.

Plasma Active is intended for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices such as settop boxes, smart TVs, home automation or in-vehicle infotainment.

Named 'Spark', the tablet features an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware and comes with open content and services market.

Excerpts from the announcement:

This is a unique opportunity for Free software. Finally we have a device coming to market on our terms. It has been designed by and is usable by us on our terms. We are not waiting for some big company to give us what we desire, we're going out there and making it happen together. 

The content store will offer great Free Culture artifacts such as digital books from Project Gutenberg as well as contents and apps for purchase. It will provide a conduit to users for those who love writing great software, Free and otherwise, using the typical Linux tools.

Tech Specs
  • 1GHz AMLogic ARM processor
  • Mali-400 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage plus SD card slot
  • 7" capacitive multi-touch screen
  • Wifi connectivity
Spark will be priced at €200 ($265).

Information is limited at the moment and there is just one image of tablet. A video would have been nice. However, more details about shipping date, hardware and software will be made available in coming few weeks.

Check out the video of KDE Plasma Active (This is not Spark, demo is on WeTab)


2 comments:

Perceval said...

Hello. Which distro is used for this Spark tablet?

Anonymous said...

Perceval, that shouldn't matter. You can install whatever os you please I suppose.

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