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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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  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anrego ( 830717 ) * on Thursday April 24, 2014 @11:57AM (#46833369)

    I'm not even going to link to the xkcd comic, we all know it.

    Besides, one of the awesome things about open source is anyone can attempt to build a better mousetrap for any reason they damn please. Yes it leads to fragmentation and a lot of duplicate effort, but it also leads to people trying out new ideas and having fun. This guy wants to make yet another window manager, all the power to him. Maybe it'll be awesome. Maybe it'll have some clever thing that gets used elsewhere. Maybe he'll get bored in a month or so. It's his time to waste regardless.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nucrash ( 549705 ) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @12:00PM (#46833391)

    When being asked, why re-invent the wheel, the best reply is because just maybe the wheel isn't good enough.

    I can think of numerous times where people tore everything down and started over and found some flaws in designs that wouldn't have been seen otherwise.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anrego ( 830717 ) * on Thursday April 24, 2014 @12:48PM (#46833805)

    We got tiling WMs.

    I'm not a fan of them, but it's kinda different.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Daniel_Staal ( 609844 ) <> on Thursday April 24, 2014 @01:29PM (#46834199)

    Probably: BSD license and guaranteed support for BSD unixes. The former occasionally matters to the people working on the BSDs, the latter definitely does. (And is notably lacking in many of the current desktop environments - even if they do work on BSDs, they are often missing features and poorly maintained, with no interest in providing better support.)

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"