TrueOS, formerly PC-BSD, has a desktop environment called Lumina. It’s getting a big overhaul for Lumina 2.0, and this short interview gives some more details about what’s coming.
With Lumina Desktop 2.0 we will finally achieve our long-term goal of turning Lumina into a complete, end-to-end management system for the graphical session and removing all the current runtime dependencies from Lumina 1.x (Fluxbox, xscreensaver, compton/xcompmgr). The functionality from those utilities is now provided by Lumina Desktop itself.
The entire graphical interface has been written in QML in order to fully-utilize hardware-based GPU acceleration with OpenGL while the backend logic and management systems are still written entirely in C++. This results in blazing fast performance on the backend systems (myriad multi-threaded C++ objects) as well as a smooth and responsive graphical interface with all the bells and whistles (drag and drop, compositing, shading, etc).
It is just as slow and bloated as Windows 10. The App Cafe defeats the primary strength of BSD – the ports.
4 GB of RAM
20 – 30 GB of free hard drive space on a primary partition for a graphical desktop installation.
3D-accelerated video card
All we really need is a polished desktop BSD with a very simple installation process.