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 tkeith on Fri 25th Apr 2014 19:04 UTC
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Great to see PC-BSD doing well. PC-BSD is what got me into *nix operating systems. I had an old Windows 98 PC I was using for a webserver and I wanted to run something better and more secure. I read about Linux and the BSDs and decided FreeBSD is what I wanted. But after struggling to install and configure it without success, I found PC-BSD. Great OS for beginners, and a full LAMP package was very helpful.

I'm guessing the "new" DE is probably more like a custom KDE implementation, using QT and such. I always found their KDE implementation very good, so I have high hopes.

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