In Pictures: Linux for mobile. A visual history

A look through the history of Linux-based mobile platforms.

Plasma Active When one thinks of “Desktop Linux,” one of the first three letters to come to mind, for many, is KDE. Pasma Active, first shipped in October of 2011, is KDE's mobile version of the long-popular desktop environment. Built on Qt (like Qtopia before it), Plasma Active is…gorgeous, and distinctly KDE in style. At present, there are no devices currently shipping with Plasma Active installed by default, though it is installable on existing tablets, such as the Nexus 7.

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