KDE has formed a Partner Network for its Vivaldi tablet, the first ever KDE powered tablet. The Vivaldi tablet is a 7-inch tablet which will run on Mer Linux or KDE Plasma Active with an ARM-based processor. This tablet will be shipped from the next month for around €200 (~$314.74). The company did not announce the US price yet. Unfortunately, the company does not accept the pre-orders at this time.
The KDE team has announced the formation of the network. The Make Play Live Partner Network has four different types of partners:
- Add-ons Partners – will offer apps, music, movies, books, or other digital content.
- Integration Partners – will help companies or institutions add Plasma Active to a device.
- Enterprise Partners – will help with deployment at companies, schools, or other environments.
- Retail Representatives – will sell the tablets to customers.
The KDE is also trying to make an ecosystem around the Vivaldi tablet and future Plasma Active devices. John Blanford of VAUL Technology said “As we do more computing with mobile devices, the long term trend is towards closed platforms where the software, the hardware and the available services are proprietary and locked down. We are headed for a future of closed platforms. Vivaldi is all about the ecosystem! Tablet development today is dominated by some of the world’s largest companies. If we hope to play in this arena, to make a real difference in the world, we can only do it as a community. Alone we are small, but together as partners, we have a chance.”