PC-BSD Is Developing Its Own Desktop Environment
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 23 April 2014 at 08:46 PM EDT. 85 Comments
The PC-BSD project is developing its own desktop environment from scratch! The ultimate plan is for Lumina to become a full-featured, open-source desktop environment that may ultimately replace KDE as its default desktop environment.

A Phoronix reader, Ryan Bram, wrote in to share word on this new desktop environment being developed by the PC-BSD crew, the popular desktop-focused derivative of FreeBSD. This new desktop is called Lumina and is being developed as a home-grown desktop environment catered toward this BSD operating system.

Right now Lumina is considered in an early alpha state but is now found within PC-BSD's ports/package repositories. Lumina aims to be lightweight, stable, and fast-running. Most of the Lumina work is being done by PC-BSD's Ken Moore.

Written in last week's PC-BSD digest the state of Lumina was explained as, "currently it builds and runs, but lacks many other features as it is still in very early development. Grab it from the edge packageset and let us know what you think, and how we can also improve it to better suit you as a user!"

Ryan Bram posted into the PC-BSD Forums with some questions about this new desktop. There it was confirmed that Lumina aims to be a full-featured FreeDesktop.org/XDG compliant desktop that supports all standards-compliant applications, there will be the key applications developed for Lumina that suit the most common use-cases (such as its own file manager). The plan is for PC-BSD's Lumina to eventually be a viable alternative to GNOME or KDE. This desktop may one day be the default desktop enviornment of PC-BSD over KDE.

Lumina is written for the Qt tool-kit and the initial code can be found on GitHub.
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