Now this list was extended by a new set of widgets: the Google Gadgets. The following screenshot shows that Google Gadgets can be run on Plasma:
As the title says, this is a proof of concept right now: it shows that it can be done. Nothing less, but also nothing more. The next task is now to integrate it with the GUI and for example to fetch new Gadgets right from the Google page. Currently it looks like this is a candidate (nothing written in stone yet of course) for KDE 4.2. Maybe the technical capability will be available with KDE 4.1 already so that experienced – and brave – users can give it a first try.
In any way this proof of concept shows again that Plasma can host all kinds of things – so even if new things turn up in the future Plasma might be able to host them. Technically that shows that Plasma is ready for future developments for example in case a new competitor turns up in the widget area. From a user point of view this brings a large range of widgets to the users.
From an administrator/security point of view the fact that Plasma is the host makes it easier to keep an eye on the widgets: Plasma is part of KDE, and therefore it can be configured – and stripped down if necessary – with the help of Kiosk. So administrators can simply disable certain for example Google widgets for security reasons with a simple commando at runtime, just like they can do it every where else in KDE.
Thanks to the Plasma developers for providing me with the necessary infos and image.