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Encyclopedia > Plasma (KDE)

Plasma in KDE4 beta 2
Developer: Aaron Seigo as project lead and others
OS: Linux, Unix-like
Genre: Widget engine, desktop
License: GNU Lesser General Public License
Website: plasma.kde.org

Plasma will be the new desktop and panel user interface tool for KDE 4, the next major release of the K Desktop Environment. This will combine the KDE panel, the desktop, and SuperKaramba into one application, providing an API for developers to write widgets and mini-applications called plasmoids, to place on the desktop and panel. Kross scripting framework will be used to allow developers to write widgets in JavaScript, Ruby, and Python in addition to C++ [1]. An important change with Plasma is that all objects on the desktop can now be considered plasmoids, there is no longer a distinction between the panels (like the taskbar) and widgets. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1050 pixel, file size: 376 KB, MIME type: image/png)Source: http://www. ... “Software development” redirects here. ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... Diagram of the relationships between several Unix-like systems A Unix-like operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system, while not necessarily conforming to or being certified to any version of the Single UNIX Specification. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Early screenshot of KDE 4 running Kate. ... For the NYSE stock ticker symbol KDE, see 4Kids Entertainment. ... Kicker is the main panel used in KDE. It can be customized by the user. ... SuperKaramba is a tool that allows one to easily create functionality enhancement modules on a KDE desktop. ... A widget (or control) is an interface component that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box. ... Kross will be the new scripting framework for KDE 4, the next major release of the K Desktop Environment. ...

Plasma will separate components into “data engines” and their visualization counterparts. This is intended to reduce the total programming effort when there are multiple possible visualizations of given data; and to make it easier for the data engine and its visualizations to be written independently.[2]

In addition to its own widgets, Plasma developers have added support for Apple Dashboard widgets, and plan to support Opera browser widgets in the future.[3] SuperKaramba widgets used in KDE 3.x will also be supported in Plasma, as SuperKaramba has been implemented as a library in Plasma for legacy support. Dashboard is an application for Apples Mac OS X v10. ... It has been suggested that Opera (Internet suite)#Features be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Legacy code be merged into this article or section. ...


  1. ^ http://www.linux.com/feature/114560
  2. ^ http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2006/04/plasma-data-engines.html
  3. ^ http://commit-digest.org/issues/2007-07-22/

External links

Free software Portal
  • Plasma home page
  • Plasma developer wiki
  • Plasma screencasts
  • Linux.com Plasma article



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