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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by demetrioussharpe on Fri 25th Apr 2014 08:23 UTC
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...what you all are saying is simply crap. Virtually ALL of the Desktop Environments (DEs) are tailored for Linux. Trying to use those DEs on any of the BSDs seems fine, until you come to the area of device management or any other part that deals with any of the kernel-land interfaces. Once you notice that, you start to notice other nuisances. To be completely honest, the BSDs have always needed their own X Windows server, DEs, & 3D driver solution. The fact of the matter is that many of the developers of these projects focus on Linux, while support for the BSDs languish. Trying to consolidate resources & share these projects is a noble goal; however, it simply doesn't work out well for the BSD platforms. The integration just isn't seemless -something that you wouldn't notice, if don't use any of the BSDs.

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