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Touch-capable KDE-based Plasma Active Linux Ported to Nexus 7 Tablet

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News Posted: Sat, Dec 22 2012 1:17 PM

Own a Nexus 7 tablet and are left bored with the default Android OS? Want to wipe it clean and install Linux? If so, you're in luck, as a couple of developers behind the KDE-derived Plasma Active project have just issued the first release of their distro specifically designed for the tablet. "Wipe it clean" is mentioned specifically above, as using this guide appears to purge the entire Android OS. If you're a skillful Android tablet user, you may be able to dual-boot, but those steps are not covered here.

In order to install Plasma Active on your Nexus 7, you'll first need to unlock the boot-loader. Once that's done, you'll have to boot the tablet up while holding the volume down, which will allow it to boot into a maintenance mode. From here, provided files will need to be taken advantage of to flash the device. After a few more fairly complicated commands are issued, you'll have Plasma Active installed and ready to go.

While running Plasma Active on the Nexus 7 is going to be very niche, it does allow those with a great tablet to use the interface as it's meant to be used. It's the project's goal to see this interface grace many more tablets in the future - ideally tablets that ship with it - so the sooner people can get to testing, the better. If you don't own a Nexus 7 but wish to give the interface a go, the project page lists many other ways that you can get that done.

If you happen to give the distro a try, either on the Nexus 7 or otherwise, let us know what you think. Could this be the future of tablet OSes?

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