As a big fan of KDE Plasma on desktop, I would be all over this in a universe where the L5 didn’t exist.
Plamsa Mobile is looking good and for sure I’ll play with it more on my L5, but Phosh is the most popular DE on PinePhones for good reasons. I do hope Plasma Mobile continues to grow and improve though.
What is holding it back? Is it simply development work where GNOME&Purism&co have been able to put in more hours of work, or is there something else like the extent to which Plasma Mobile can make use of existing desktop environment components? Is there something corresponding to libhandy for the Plasma Mobile case?
Sorry if those are silly questions, I know almost nothing about KDE or Plasma, I just know it’s not GNOME, it’s rather some kind of alternative to GNOME, I think?
KDE Plasma, the desktop DE, is kind of like GNOME, yes. Same with XFCE, Mate, Pantheon, and many others. Different look and feels, different workflows, different people working on them. All accomplish mostly the same thing though.
I’ve never tried this site personally, but you can test a distro running KDE Plasma (among many others) at this site: https://distrotest.net/KDE%20neon
Just if you’re curious.
Plasma Mobile, on the other hand, is quite good, but Phosh is excelling, as people have pointed out here, probably mostly due to Purism’s corporate backing.
Phosh is paid for by Purism.
Plasma Mobile is (as far as I know) only volunteer work.
If you think GNU/Linux is about Freedom then KDE Plasma takes this Freedom to next level via means of allowed customization. I would rate KDE Plasma as the most customizable desktop environment that I have ever used in my 15+ use of GNU/Linux. I would rate amongst top if I were to rank them