Josh Smith and Ken Moore, lead developer of Lumina, recently discussed the early beginnings of Lumina Desktop Environment, along with it’s bright future ahead with the open-source world. Lumina is currently the default desktop environment packaged with TrueOS, an open-source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. See the full Q&A discussion at the link below.

Last week I sat down with Lead Developer Ken Moore of the TrueOS Project to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Lumina Desktop from the open source community. Do you have a question for Ken and the rest of the team over at the TrueOS Project? Make sure to comment below and we’ll be glad to answer your questions!

What made you first decide to create Lumina Desktop and integrate it into TrueOS?

I started working on Lumina Desktop about two years ago after deciding that PC-BSD (now TrueOS) needed a reliable desktop interface which ran properly on FreeBSD. KDE was the most popular desktop of choice for PC-BSD, but as time went on, we kept having to disable components of the other desktop environments or write our own replacement utilities which worked properly on FreeBSD. This resulted in a “split-brain” syndrome where there would be two utilities installed for the same purpose but only one of them worked properly. Additionally, newer versions of KDE and GNOME were causing more and more incompatibilities with basic functionality on FreeBSD. We could see that a time may come when none of the Linux-based desktops would even work on FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and subsequently, TrueOS.

What makes Lumina different from other desktop environments?

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