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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Having used PC-BSD, I agree with Thom
by benali72 on Fri 25th Apr 2014 21:11 UTC
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Having used PC-BSD, I agree with Thom -- the team just doesn't have the resources (eg, developers) needed to pull this off without making critical compromises elsewhere.

In my experience, the project has trouble keeping up with fixes/changes as it is, without taking on this major new development project.

If they go ahead with it, I wish them well and hope I'm wrong. Kudos to the PC-BSD team.

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