Lumina Desktop 0.8.6 Released!

Just in time for PC-BSD & FreeBSD 10.2 (coming soon), the Lumina desktop has been updated to version 0.8.6! This version contains a number of updates for non-English users (following up all the new translations which are now available), as well as a number of important bug-fixes, and support for an additional FreeDesktop specification. The PC-BSD “Edge” packages have already been updated to this version and the FreeBSD ports tree will be getting this update very soon as well.

In addition, the Lumina desktop now has its own website! While we are still working on cleaning up some of the visuals, all the information about Lumina (how to download/install it on various OS’s, a summary of the features, description of the project, screenshots, etc..) is all there and up-to-date. We are also working on a full handbook for Lumina (similar to the PC-BSD/FreeBSD handbooks) which can also be viewed directly from the website. Please check it out and let us know what you think!


Changes Since 0.8.5:

  1. Localizations
    • Add the ability to set system-locale overrides (used on login), allowing the user to “mix” locale settings for the various outputs.
    • Add the ability for the user to switch the locale of the current session on the fly (all locale settings changed for the current session only), and these settings will be used when launching any applications later.
    • Fix up the translation mechanisms of the Lumina interface, so everything will instantly get re-translated to the new locale.
    • More languages are now fully translated! Make sure to install the x11/lumina-i18n port or pkg to install the localizations and enable all these new features!
  2. Add support for the “Actions” extension to the XDG Desktop specifications.
    • This allows applications to set a number of various “actions” (alternate startup routines) within their XDG desktop registration file.
    • These actions are shown within Lumina as new sub-menus within the Applications menu as well as in the User button (look for the down arrow next to the application icon).
  3. Change the Lumina OSD to a different widget – allowing it to be shown much faster.
  4. Add new “_ifexists” functionality to any session options in luminaDesktop.conf. This allows the distributor to more easily setup default applications (browser, email, etc..) through an intelligent tree of options (which may or may not be installed).
  5. Bug Fixes
    • Apply a work-around for new users which fixes a bug in Fluxbox where the virtual desktop windows could still be changed/closed by various Fluxbox keyboard shortcuts. If an existing user wants to apply this fix, you need to replace your ~/.lumina/fluxbox-keys file with the new Lumina default (/usr/local/share/Lumina-DE/fluxbox-keys) – which will overwrite any custom keyboard shortcuts you had previously setup.
    • Fix some bugs in the new window detection/adjustment routines – fixing up issues with full-screen apps that change around the X session settings to suit their own temporary needs.
    • Fix a couple bugs with the automatic detection/load routines for the new QtQuick plugins.
    • Add in the “Ctrl-X” keyboard shortcut for cutting items in the Insight file manager.
    • Fix up the active re-loading of icons when the user changes the icon theme.


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Written by Ken Moore. Posted in 10.2, Lumina, new features, testers, translations

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Comments (12)

  • sg1efc
    August 3, 2015 at 7:58 am |

    The new Lumina website is very nice: has tons of great info/details and is well laid out/easy to navigate. 🙂

  • Lyam
    August 3, 2015 at 11:20 am |

    Looking forward to more of the good work you guys (and girls?) are doing!

  • Richard Bligdon
    August 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm |

    It would be nice if one could change the taskbar to the bottom like in Windows

  • […] Состоялся релиз легковесного окружения рабочего стола Lumina 0.8.6, развиваемого проектом PC-BSD. Компоненты окружения написаны с использованием библиотеки Qt5 (без применения QML), в качестве оконного менеджера применяется Fluxbox. Lumina изначально нацелен на работу во FreeBSD/PC-BSD и отталкивается от возможностей FreeBSD, отодвигая на второй план портирование для других платформ. Код проекта написан на языке C++ и распространяется под лицензией BSD. Новый выпуск Lumina уже доступен через систему портов FreeBSD и добавлен в репозиторий PC-BSD «Edge». Одновременно сообщается о введении в строй отдельного сайта проекта — […]

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  • August 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm |

    Very cool!

    It’ll take a while for external references and search engines to get the new cool. still gives as the official site, and so on; I guess that an update to the Wikipedia page will be appropriate.

  • August 4, 2015 at 10:44 pm |

    For posterity (it’s never too soon):*/

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  • Suvro
    August 21, 2015 at 7:04 am |

    One thing – I’ve noticed a change since this automatically updated – that the top bar of the desktop has disappeared, and under Control Panel, I don’t see anywhere that I can restore it, or bring in one of the 4 optional layouts. Where do I find it?

  • mick moore
    December 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm |

    I have used pcbsd for the past 2 years but have since switched to FreeBSD for 2 reasons.
    PCBSD utilizes Grub and boot environments as an integral part of the OS which i do not want.
    Also, an upgrade requires at least 40G of free space on a system of file size of 25G.
    I installed the 10.2 upgrade using zpool add but ended up with 2 partitions which are permanently dependent on each other.
    Fresh install no longer allows the BSD slice or Grub slice boot.

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