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KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, a free and open Linux OS for phones

Chris Hoffman | July 29, 2015
Move over, Ubuntu Touch and Android. There's new competition in town. The KDE community just unveiled Plasma Mobile, a free and open-source mobile operating system.

Despite these differences, the current Nexus 5 images shares a lot of plumbing with Ubuntu for phones. It even uses the ubuntu-device-flash tool for flashing the image onto a phone.

Canonical employee Oliver Grawert claimed that the current Plasma Mobile image is an "alternate launcher for Ubuntu touch" and wrote it was "really sad they don't mention at all that this is 90 percent Ubuntu for phones." In response, KDE's Harald Sitter noted that the current image "is a mobile interface prototype that happens to run on Ubuntu."

Overall, Plasma Mobile looks promising. Linux offers many different desktop environments--it's only fitting that there should be multiple competing interfaces for smartphones and other touch devices, too. The KDE community has had their eyes on convergence for a long time, so it's good to see it jumping back into the ring.


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