Maliit

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Maliit
Maliit’s virtual keyboard running on the Nokia N9
Maliit’s virtual keyboard running on the Nokia N9
Original author(s) Nokia
Developer(s) Jan Arne Petersen and contributors[1]
Initial release June 30, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-06-30)[2]
Stable release
0.81.4 / February 1, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-02-01)[3]
Preview release
0.99.1 / November 14, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-11-14)[4]
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like, Windows[5]
Platform Qt
Available in Multilingual
Type Input method
License GNU LGPL (framework)
BSD license (plugins)[6]
Website maliit.github.io

Maliit an input method framework for computers with particular focus on implementing virtual keyboards.

Designed mostly for touchscreen devices, Maliit allows the inputting of text without the presence of a physical keyboard. More advanced features such as word correction and prediction are also available.

Originating as part of MeeGo,[7] Maliit is free software licensed under LGPL. Maliit was deployed as a standard component of Nokia N9,[8] KDE Plasma Active,[9] LuneOS,[10] OLPC devices,[8] and Ubuntu Touch.[8][11][12]

History[edit]

Maliit was originally developed as part of MeeGo by Nokia who eventually shipped it as part of MeeGo Handset “Day 1” software platform.[2]

After the MeeGo project ended, Maliit was transferred into an independent project by free software consulting firm Openismus.[13] The first formally independent release was 0.80.0 on June 20, 2011.[14]

Maliit 0.99, released on March 27, 2013, switched from Qt 4 to Qt 5.[8]

Features[edit]

Among Maliit’s features are a plugin-based architecture, word correction and prediction, multitouch, and context sensitive layouts.[15]

When running on Linux kernel, handling of the input hardware relies on evdev. Maliit has been adopted by X11 as well as by Wayland.[8]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contributors to maliit/framework". GitHub. 
  2. ^ a b "Handset Project Day 1 is Here". MeeGo. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "[Maliit-announce] Maliit 0.81.4 released". Lists.maliit.org. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Maliit 0.9.1 Release". maliit.github.io. 2015-11-14. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  5. ^ Jon Nordby (March 24, 2012). "Maliit on Windows: Basic build working". Jonnor.com. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  6. ^ "[MeeGo-dev] ANNOUNCEMENT: MeeGo Keyboard license is now changed to BSD". Lists.meego.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  7. ^ Jan Arne Petersen (2012-01-25). "Compositing in Maliit". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Michael Hasselmann (April 2, 2013). "Maliit Status Update". Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  9. ^ Carl Symons (October 15, 2012). "Plasma Active 3 Improves Performance, Brings New Apps". KDE.News. Retrieved 2013-04-03. Thanks to a new virtual keyboard based on Maliit—the input method used on devices such as Nokia's N9 smartphone—Plasma Active Three makes text input easier. 
  10. ^ "webOS-ports/webos-keyboard". GitHub. 
  11. ^ Murray Cumming. "Maliit Keyboard Improvements". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  12. ^ "ubuntu-keyboard in Launchpad". launchpad.net. 
  13. ^ "[Maliit-announce] Welcome!". Lists.maliit.org. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  14. ^ "[MeeGo-dev] Maliit "Brave New World" 0.80.0 released". Lists.meego.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  15. ^ "Features – Maliit wiki". Maliit.org. 2012-03-28. Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2013-03-04.