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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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. ...

It is also sometimes(not always) true to any software development. In this case, writing from scratch is much easier rather than using existing DEs tailored for Linux.

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