Spark Tablet with Plasma Active Linux Software
There is a new tablet on the way and it is called Spark. When you first lay your eyes on it, it looks cheap, like Chinese tablets cheap. Spark won’t run Google Android. Instead, it will run an open source Linux-based operating system and on top of it an KDE Plasma Active interface will be running on top of it.
Aaron Seigo, an KDE Plasma Active team member, unveiled the tablet on his website this weekend. The tablet is powered by a 1 GHz AMLogic CPU with Mali 400 graphics and a 7-inch capacitive multitouch display. The tablet also has 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a microSD card slot.
The Spark is expected to ship soon and has a price tag of €200, or just under $265 US.
It is not the most powerful tablet to hit the market. There are plenty of devices with more memory and storage as well as much faster processors. But Spark’s software is what sets it apart from the competition.
Android is an open source code but Google does not release the code for the new versions of Android. The software is developed behind closed doors and released to the public after the company decides it’s ready. Google does not accept community contributions to the code and the company never released the source for Android 3.0 at all.
KDE Plasma Active is a community-based free software. The development team is working so hard to make this tablet usable as much as possible. There’s going to be a content store that allows users to download apps, free or paid, as well as digital books coming from Project Gutenberg.
The Spark is a must buy for the people who are unto open source and free software enthusiasts at least initially.
The Plasma Active development team is working on a software that is tablet-friendly for a while.