Lumina-DE is a lightweight, BSD licensed desktop environment designed specifically for use on FreeBSD (although it should be easily portable to other Unix-like OS's as well). Lumina is based on Qt 5 (without QML) and Fluxbox window manager. The Lumina Desktop Environment is a lightweight system interface that is designed for use on any Unix-like operating system. It takes a plugin-based approach, allowing the entire interface to be assembled/arranged by each individual user as desired, with a system-wide default layout which was setup by the system administrator. This allows every system (or user session) to be designed to maximize the individual user’s productivity.

The Lumina desktop developers understand that the point of a computer system is to run applications, so Lumina was designed to require as few system dependencies/requirements as possible. This allows it to be used to revitalize older systems or to allow the user to run applications that may need a higher percentage of the system resources than were previously available with other desktop environments. The Lumina desktop is designed to be fast, easy to customize, flexible, require few resources and work in many different environments. Lumina should work just as well in multi-monitor configurations as it does on single-screen laptops or tablets. Lumina is also designed to require fewer dependencies than most other desktop environments. The Lumina desktop does not require PolicyKit, HAL or systemd, for example. This makes Lumina very portable and the desktop can be run on most flavors of BSD and GNU/Linux.

Lumina desktop

  • Change wallpaper image for each monitor or set lists of wallpapers to rotate between (with a defined time between rotations).
  • Switch theme or color scheme by selecting from the pre-defined list.
  • Quickly customize a theme or color scheme by using the editors which are built-in to the Lumina configuration utility.
  • Quickly select from any of the installed icon theme packs.
  • Instantly change the font/size to be used for the entire desktop
  • Provides the “lumina-open” command-line utility for opening files and directories.
  • Will check if a default application has been registered for that particular type of file (based on XDG mimetypes), and instantly use it if available.
  • If no default is found (or if the registered default is no longer installed), prompt the user to select one of the applications installed on the system.
  • Allow the user to simply set a checkbox in this selection dialog for automatically registering that application as the new default.
  • Absolutely everything can be changed using the built-in plugin system and the simple-to-use configuration utility.
  • Support for loading custom QML scripts as desktop plugins.
  • Power-users can easily setup or change things like keyboard shortcuts and default applications through the configuration utility.
  • Make your system interface as busy or as minimalist as you like!

To install Lumina Desktop in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install Lumina Desktop in Debian/Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/17.04/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Note that after running qmake, there should be a message about detecting Debian for the OS-compatibility – otherwise you may need to run "qmake LINUX_DISTRO=Debian"
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