< Plasma‎ | Active‎ | Development
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If you would like to support and become part of the Plasma Active team, you can use the following list of open tasks as inspiration. Please pick one of these tasks, for questions, you can always get in touch with us.

Packaging & Deployment


  • profile and optimize boot process (bootchart)
  • clean up startup / login process
  • create clean setup to start reviewing applications to offer
  • create separate artwork package (kdebase4-workspace-branding-plasmaactive)

variables to set the desktop shell type

  • export env vars from news-tablet.desktop in declarative widgets package to global session
  • Marble to go

Meego Packaging

  • create installer image
  • consolidate packages
  • fix up defaults


Activity Configuration

  • Add an applications category to the Add dialog (adding an application is unintuitive: go to launcher, long press) (means public bindings for the applications and krunner models)

Activity Switcher

  • Show a loading animation when switching between activities (currently no feedback given)
  • Profile what takes so long to switch activities

Add Widgets

  • Don't re-arrange items when details shown (perhaps by making space for it from the start?)
  • Close keyboard if opened due to focussing in on filter bar

Contour Pages

  • Custom titles for widgets

Default Configuration

  • Nepomuk Backup Sync -> die die die
  • KWallet configuation -> passwordless and no questions for access
  • Boot and Contour start QML Splash screen (and no wait on boot?)
  • Screensaver/locker -> must be above all items and no password request
  • Sounds are jarring for a tablet; new sound theme needed

General UI


  • hardcoded positions of slc and clock (systray)
  • hardcoded positions of containments (panel containment)
  • drag the panel from everywhere w/o conflicting with icons
  • autohiding of entries that go into passive mode

On Screen Keyboard

  • KWin virtual keyboard awareness (always keep on everything else, e.g.)
  • Copy/paste of text?
  • Add arrow keys to the tablet layout
  • Characters for more locales (e.g. German, French, etc)
  • Gtk+ IM plugin to trigger it

Later Release

  • Multi-byte input
  • Rewrite in QML
  • Ensure that line edit does not get obscured by keyboard (mitigated now by being able to manually move it)

Nepomuk Recommendation

  • score the recom engines
  • pause the film while lights are up
  • bus station (gps)
  • create activity if the user is doing something new
  • change activity based on context (track location when switching activities)


  • kill the notifications from network connecting
  • kill the notifications from nepomuk


  • Fix selecting / filtering in tag cloud (doesn't work unless you put in a search and then clear)
  • Tag cloud: scrolling higher is not obvious; icon (near search?) to scroll higher
  • Sort applications by alpha
  • Splitter divider betweeen app rows
  • When filter is cleared, reset the view
  • Show most used / favorites as first line on first page?


  • Enabled state is not obvious enough: find better visuals (now disabled in monochrome, a bit better?)
  • Better artwork: connect icon is very odd
  • Not matter what is touched, Connect is always shown: probable touch screen bug: the touch event arrives always in the same coordinates unless a connected usb mouse is moved
  • Bigger target invoking popup, and implement dragable
  • Show title of URI to be operated on in the context menu

Window Management

  • OpenGL ES on MeeGO
  • Focus to docks
  • Screen edge handling

Application workflow

  • Not obvious where apps are
  • Visual feedback between time when activity is selected and when the activity appears (so we know something is actually happening)

Window Strip

  • Remove close button on home screen
  • Filter windows that are set to not show in taskbar
    • look at gitorious qt-components/meego/*view* grep for swipe
  • Window sorting
    • find solution to get at methods Martin added to kdelibs/*/kworkspace MRU
    • Put new windows after the current window
    • Check out how Harmatan Keyboard works
  • Show windows from current activity only
  • Sticky windows and moving windows across activities (SLC?)

Recommendations Panel

Active Browser

  • search in page
  • save-as menus (e.g. for images)
  • "back" repositions page to last viewed position
  • plugin support -> 100% depends from qtwebkit i.e. flash tries to work, but doesn't really ;)
  • display ssl status
  • accepting non-verifiable SSL certs
  • connect downloaded files to the activity (nepomuk bug)

Image viewer

  • nicer ui
  • possibility to browse sd cards/download/upload images
  • search ui
  • albums?


  • Create multimedia activity
  • Good touch volume applet
  • Mediaplayer (minitube? bangarang? tomahawk? Plasma Mediacenter components?)
  • Webcam (kamoso?)

Social Networks

  • touch-friendly configuration for PIM (email, contacts, events.)
  • touch-friendly setup of Facebook via Akonadi
  • touch-friendly setup of Google via Akonadi
  • Akonadi model for QML plasmoids
  • Plasma QML widgets for
    • Contacts
    • Messages
    • Events

MeeGo Support

  • Connman backend for network management stack needed (either kded module or Plasma::DataEngine)


  • Dynamic switching of Plasma workspace types, eg from the display manager, or due to hardware events such as docking?


  • Touch friendly login screen for eg touchscreen all-in-one PCs to use (low priority; we have auto-login)

Unlock screen

  • Passwordless unlock screen
  • Should be a top-level window (inside kwin process?) that shows some draggable item to unlock (a proof-of-concept exists already on start up, but that needs to move out of the shell)


  • Make Plasmate release-ready
    • Improve editor for QML
    • Implement scripting console
    • Fix sizing problems in previewer


  • Improve Plasma theme
  • Plasma Active logo
  • Make Contour logo play well with Active logo
  • Wallpaper
  • Example documents
  • Artwork and theming of boot process


  • Improve QML Plasma docs
  • Improve installation docs
  • Create user docs (pending UI freeze)

Support and Testing

  • Help others with getting Plasma Active runnning on #active and the mailing list
  • Test Plasma Active on more hardware, find solutions for problems encountered, document them

Goals and Larger Ideas for PA2

  • Geolocation
    • Document and complete API
    • Use geolocation in more widgets
    • Cache geolocation
  • libplasma2 & QSceneGraph port
  • test GLES backend for kwin
  • DBusmenu implementation in QML
  • KToolBar replacement in QML (using a KActionCollection)
  • KXmlGui actions access in QML
  • KConfig integration with ownCloud
  • Finish porting all KDE applications to the mobile profile (mostly removing deprecated calls)

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