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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I think it's perfectly reasonable for a BSD team to develop a BSD project instead of borrowing GNU projects. Whether it's the WM/DE or another component, I think BSD in general shouldn't be so dependent on GNU projects. I'm happy that the two ecosystems do get along so well, and can share resources, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with "rolling your own" if you feel it's a logical alternative.

But that's just my take, and not a very popular one among GNU fans, as I've found over the years.

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