Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Apr 2014 23:06 UTC, submitted by sheokand

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.

While it's obviously cool, I wonder if it's a wise idea to undertake such a huge endeavour. I honestly doubt PC-BSD has the developers, testers, and users required for creating, maintaining, and improving an entire desktop environment.

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What's holding back Linux or BSD isn't the desktop environment (I haven't heard anyone complain about the interface).

Umm, that's exactly what you did, in two out of four talking points:

2) All DE's seem to be missing some basic but common GUI based Setting (Yast comes close though, but OpenSUSE, has some other issues).
3) There seems to be serious performance issues with most DE's, distros and gaming (Gnome 3 is the only modern DE I could find at the moment, which works at native frame-rate speeds)

Anyway, I'm not saying you're wrong, especially on your third point; I find OpenBox to be the most usable WM by far, and it's one of the most basic. Even on my beast of a workstation, Gnome and KDE are slow, and the latter is just way too complicated for my taste. But that's all personal issues.

Objectively speaking (as much as is possible on a subject like this) I think it makes sense for a BSD provider to roll their own DE that isn't a GNU/Linux port. A native DE that is licensed under BSD rather than GNU GPL, and developed by a BSD team, would be a better fit from both technical and philosophical standpoints.

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