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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Open source developers can choose to do what they want, but, I'd be hesitant to donate to PC-BSD, if they don't choose to instead improve existing solutions. This is simply more fragmentation, which will be a subset of existing solutions (rather than fixing the remaining problems with the existing ones)...

If you've never tried to port Linux-centric code over the BSD, then you have no idea how incredibly ridiculous the process is. It's by far much easier to develop a solution (from scratch) that's tailored for the BSD's, than it is to port something from Linux & try to force it to fit. The best thing about it is that it'd only have to be developed once for the BSDs. It's easy to port system software between the BSDs. Why should they be forced to stick with Linux solutions? The BSD's had their community before Linux even existed; so, it's about time the BSDs go back to developing solutions for themselves. This little sharing experiment has run it's course. I think a lot of people have forgotten that Linux & the BSDs are no more tied to each other than AIX & Solaris are -the BSDs would survive just fine without sharing with Linux. I wonder what a BSD solution to replace the whole X stack would look like...

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