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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment 148

jones_supa (887896) writes "The PC-BSD project is developing a new open source (BSD license) desktop environment from scratch. The name of the project is Lumina and it will be based around the Qt toolkit. The ultimate goal is to replace KDE as the default desktop of PC-BSD. Lumina aims to be lightweight, stable, fast-running, and compliant. Most of the Lumina work is being done by PC-BSD's Ken Moore. Even though Lumina is still in its early stages, it can be built and run successfully, and an alpha version can already be obtained from PC-BSD's ports/package repositories."
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

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  • Several mistakes (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24, 2014 @12:16PM (#46833521)

    The summary contains several mistakes.

    1. Lumina is not yet available in the ports tree, searches for it do not return anything.
    2. The project is not trying to become the PC-BSD desktop, at least not yet. Right now it is in the early/experimental stages to see if making a PC-BSD only desktop is feasible.
    3. There is no default desktop on PC-BSD. KDE is one of the install-time options, which include MATE, LXDE, Cinnamon and many others.

  • Had to be done (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24, 2014 @12:30PM (#46833635)

    The problem with xfce, gnome, and most of the other desktop environments is that they tend to focus on Linux and most of them have actually removed *BSD compatibility recently in favor of the latest trends in the Linux community.

    XFCE famously dropped FreeBSD support for some functions in their file manager for example. Gnome told us to FSCK off entirely.

    We have to fight back.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Informative)

    by adri ( 173121 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @12:47PM (#46833795) Homepage Journal

    You realise that when Linux came about, there had already been more than twenty UNIX derivatives, right?

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