The Vivaldi project aims to have a tablet running on Linux (Mer) with Plasma Active.
For people who are not aware of Plasma active, it is a joint project by the KDE community, basysKom and open-slx. The goals for this open source project are:
- a fast embedded UX platform with minimal memory requirements
- customizable and modular to support different form factors
- an interface that adapts as users change Activities
Initially the idea was to get all the source code for the software running on one of the many tablets which are sold with Android. But the idea faced problems because only binary drivers are provided by the vendors which are useless for Mer.
Even if enough source code is managed the electronics board could get changed, rendering all work useless.
Therefore a new idea was thought out, which elpauer shares on his blog, with a completely different approach. Instead of trying to get Mer and Plasma running on a tablet (which was made for running Android), porting Plasma Active to Android operating System which is already running on the tablet could be a less hectic approach. the Necessitas project (Qt for Android) can be used for this purpose.
With this approach the project could focus only on the software part and need not get involved with source code for different hardware.
Time will tell if this idea can be made real and if it will bring success to the project.