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Lilbits (7-29-2014): Why the Vivaldi open source tablet failed

Once upon a time a group of developers working on the open source KDE Plasma Active desktop environment for mobile devices figured it’d be cool if there was a tablet designed specifically to run the software. So they tried to find a device maker to offer truly open hardware with no proprietary components. It would […]

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Lilbits (9-06-2013): Ubuntu 13.10 approaches, KDE Plasma Active 4 is here

The KDE desktop environment may have started out as a Windows-like user interface for Linux-based operating systems. But over the past few years part of the KDE team has been working on the Plasma Active user interface which is designed to run on a range of devices including tablets, phones, televisions, and more. This week […]

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Vivaldi KDE open source Linux tablet gets new hardware, could launch this spring

KDE Plasma Active developer Aaron Seigo has been working to bring a tablet running open source Linux-based software to market for over a year. While the project has hit some roadbumps, Seigo says factory tooling for a new tablet has begun, and the first models could roll off the production line by May. While Seigo […]

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KDE Plasma Active 3 open source tablet software improves performance, adds new apps

The KDE team has released version 3 of the Plasma Active environment for tablets and other mobile devices. The latest release offers improved performance, a new file manager, eBook reader, better text input, and other new features. Plasma Active is an open source user environment optimized for touchscreen devices. It’s designed around the idea of […]

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Vivaldi KDE Plasma Linux tablet delayed, devs looking at new hardware

The Vivaldi tablet is a project from the KDE development team aimed at introducing a tablet with open source Linux-based software with the KDE Plasma Active user interface. But the project has run into some speed bumps, and now the team is looking for new hardware partners. Developer Aaron Seigo first introduced the project in […]

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Vivaldi Linux tablet update: 1GB RAM, add-ons store

The team behind the Vivaldi tablet is getting ready to take orders from customers soon. The tablet looks like any other Android device — but it will be the first device to ship with KDE Plasma Active software running on the Mer Linux operating system. Developer Aaron Seigo has provided a few updates about the […]

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Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Beta 2 released

Ubuntu 12.04 is due out on April 26th, 2012. It’s an LTS or Long Term Support release of the popular Linux operating system. That means that the developers are aiming to make this a stable operating system that users can rely on for the next few years. But if you’re cool with a little less […]

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Talking Spark tablets with KDE developer Aaron Seigo (video)

The Spark tablet will be the first 7 inch tablet to ship with Mer Linux and KDE Plasma Active software when it launches in May. It’s already available for pre-order in Europe for €200, and developer Aaron Seigo who started the project says when it goes on sale in the US the Spark tablet will likely be […]

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Spark Linux tablet now available for pre-order

The Spark tablet is a 7 inch tablet designed around an open hardware and software platform. It will ship with open source Linux-based software, but the bootloader will also be unlocked, allowing anyone to customize the tablet with any software they like. KDE developer Aaron Seigo introduced the tablet last month, and now he’s announced […]

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$265 Spark Linux-based tablet shipping in May (pre-order in Feb)

The Spark is a 7 inch tablet with an open source Linux-based operating system and an open platform for apps, eBooks, and other digital content. One of the developers of the Spark project introduced the tablet last week, and now he’s posted a Q&A with far more details — including launch details. Pre-orders for the Spark tablet […]