Plasma Active Images
The Plasma Active team provides official Images based on Mer for some devices.
WeTab / ExoPC
The hardware is a little outdated but you will get the most polished Plasma Active experience on this device. Take a look at the installation instructions here
Event though very much already works reasonably well, there are still some glitches. So, please don’t expect a 100% working system. For detailed installation instructions, see the article on the Mer Wiki
Take a look at Ruedigers Blog for more information.
When running Plasma Active in a virtual machine, consider that performance will not be as good as when it runs naively on the devices it has been designed for. For testing, we strongly recommend running Plasma Active on a device. The following limitations need consideration when using a virtual machine instead of a real device:
- Performance, especially graphics, boot and application startup might be reduced
- Advanced visual effects might not be available or work correctly in the virtual machine. This can lead to degradation of certain features, performance, visual effects and possibly stability
- User interfaces designed for touch-screens often work less efficiently for mouse and keyboard based input methods, or feel less natural.
For detailed installation instructions, see this installation manual.
Downstream Plasma Active Images
Some distributions provide Images with Plasma Active for x86 Systems.
Current stable release of a Kubuntu remix with Plasma Active is available at
Daily unstable images of a Kubuntu Active are at
You can burn image to CD (e.g. with k3b) or USB (e.g. with usb-creator-kde)
It includes an installer ubiquity.
PlasmaActive has been packaged for opensuse in the KDE:Active OBS Repository. It can be installed as follows:
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Active/openSUSE_12.3 PA zypper ref && zypper install plasma-mobile declarative-plasmoids bodega-client If the onscreen keyboard is wanted, additionally install maliit-framework plasma-active-maliit
Only i586 has been tested. To run PA4 the preferred method is to create a .xinitrc file in the home directory and add a line saying 'startactive'. Then a call to 'startx' will bring it up.
There currently is an issue with plasma-desktop beeing started automatically so the file '/usr/share/autostart/plasma-desktop.desktop' needs to be (re)moved before running PlasmaActive.