BSD’s Native Desktop Environment – Lumina sees a New Release, Version 0.8.0

A new version of PC-BSD / FreeBSD designated desktop environment has recently been released, Lumina 0.8.0 is the first Qt5-based version of the native BSD desktop environment.

Updated Sep 19, 2016News
Lumina 0.8.0

If you’ve been following iWillFolo for the past few months then you probably already know about Lumina DE and why it was made.

However, in case you’re unfamiliar with the BSD OS family whatsoever, here’s a few fun facts that might ignite your curiosity:

  1. BSD is one of the earliest derivatives of Unix, it was made even prior to Linux. (and it’s free as well)
  2. BSD technology was incorporated and now forms part of Mac OS X’s core.
  3. BSD is a direct descendant of Unix in contrast to Linux which was made out of scratch.

Lumina 0.8.0

Back to Lumina, as mentioned above, this is the first version that utilizes Qt5 technology at its base and besides that it brings a few more less notable updates as well.

Updates such as: new task manager mode (no groups), and using the new QMultimedia framework instead of Phonon for playing multimedia are perhaps the most notable ones.

Furthermore, this new version also brings some bug fixes onto the table too, for instance: new windows will no longer appear with the titlebar underneath a Lumina panel – a very annoying bug indeed.

One important thing to note though, is that currently, in spite the updated version, Lumina is still missing a lot of tools that the average user might expect from a full fledged DE.

This is because Lumina is still under heavy development and by no means complete, as of yet.

That said, its latest version feels quite stable and the project as whole is starting to mature quite nicely.

Lumina 0.8 insight-fm + menu

Download & Install

If you wish to try out Lumina 0.8.0, it’s already available on FreeBSD ports tree and according to Ken Moore – Lumina / PC-BSD developer, it should already be available on PC-BSD “edge” repository as well.

Thus simply install Lumina (or update in case you already have it) will suffice to fetch the latest version.

For convince sake, here’s a link to its port on FreshPorts site:   Enjoy :)