Source: Call For Artists: New Icon Theme
Since the founding of the Lumina desktop project, one of the most common questions I get asked is: “I am not a programmer, but how can I help out?” Well today I would like to open up a new method of contributing for those of you that are graphically-inclined: the creation of a brand new icon theme for the Lumina desktop!
This new icon theme will adhere to the FreeDesktop specifications for registering an icon theme, and the good news is that I have already handled all the administrative setup/framework for you so that all you need to do to contribute is basically just send in icon files!
Here are the highlights for the new theme:
- Included within the main Lumina source repository
- All icons will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. This is comparable to the 3-clause BSD license, but specifically for static images/files (whereas the BSD license is for source code).
- This will be a high-contrast, high-resolution, fully-scalable (SVG) theme.
- The general concept is a white foreground, with a black outline/shadow around the icon, and colorized emblems/overlays for distinguishing between similar icons (“folder” vs “folder-network” for instance). We are going for a more professional/simple look to the icons since tiny image details generally do not scale as well across the range we are looking at.
The details on how to contribute an icon to the theme are listed on the repository page as well, but here is the summary:
- Icons which are still needed are listed in the TODO.txt files within each directory.
- Submit the icon file via git pull request
- Add an entry for your icon/submission to the AUTHORS file (to ensure each contributor gets proper credit for their work)
- Remove the icon from the appropriate TODO.txt file/list
If you are not familiar with git or how to send git pull requests, feel free to email me the icon file(s) you want to contribute and I can add them to the source tree for you (and update the AUTHORS/TODO files as necessary). Just be sure to include your full name/email so we can give you the proper credit for your work (if you care about that).
As an added bonus since we don’t have any actual icons yet (just the general guidelines), the first contributor to send in some icons will get to help decide the overall look-n-feel of the icon theme!
 FreeDesktop Specifications
- Theme Registration: https://specifications.freedesktop.org/icon-theme-spec/icon-theme-spec-latest.html
- Icon Names: https://specifications.freedesktop.org/icon-naming-spec/latest/ar01s04.html
The PC-BSD team has always been dedicated to bringing you the best graphical BSD desktop possible. We received some great feedback after our last release cycle that made us rethink our release schedule.
In the past, we tracked FreeBSD major releases, and also added our own quarterly updates that tended to add in a good bit of code for new features and utilities. Going forward, PC-BSD releases will track FreeBSD releases only, such as 10.2 -> 11.0 -> 11.1. Once the code base is frozen for a major release, an update can be pushed out to EDGE users who wish to act as advanced users and beta testers for the updates. During that several week testing period, if something goes wrong we’ll count on EDGE users to help report issues so that we can
quickly get those bugs fixed during the code freeze. After the several week testing period, we can release the update for PRODUCTION users, once we are confident that the kinks are worked out and EDGE users are happy.
We’re also changing the way the EDGE and PRODUCTION branches work a little bit. EDGE packages will now only be built with the ‘stable’ branch of PC-BSD code, to avoid radical changes that could break functionality to the PC-BSD tool-chain. This also allows us to focus our QA and testing on the new 3rd party packages themselves.
However, all packages that are built on FreeBSD -CURRENT will include PC-BSD’s ‘master’ branch, and are considered bleeding edge. These images will continue to be rolled monthly and are only intended for advanced users or developers who can debug and otherwise help fix issues as they arise.
The PRODUCTION package branch will be switching to a monthly update schedule instead of quarterly. The PC-BSD tool-chain will also be based upon “stable”, which will not radically change between releases. We are hoping this change will balance between the need for stability and bringing in the latest packages / security updates to end users in a timely manner.
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming 10.2 release. Please test these images out and report any issues found on our bug tracker: https://bugs.pcbsd.org
PC-BSD 10.2 Notable Changes
- FreeBSD 10.2 base system
- Many bugfixes and enhancements to installer to dual-boot setups
- New CD-sized network installation media, with Wifi Configuration via GUI
- Switched to “iocage” for jail management backend
- Disk Manager GUI now available via installer GUI
- Bug-fixes and improvements to Life-Preserver replications
- Improved localization options for login manager
- Options to Enable / Disable SSHD or IPv6 at installation
- New “Plugins” system for AppCafe, allowing download of pre-built jail environments
- Improvements to look-n-feel of AppCafe for package management
- Improved fonts and better support for 4K monitor setups
- Enterprise package repo, which only has security updates, allowing users to run a server / desktop or jail with fairly consistent package versions.
- FireFox 39.0
- Chromium 43.0.2357.134
- Thunderbird 38.1.0
- Lumina 0.8.6
Users currently running the EDGE package repo can now update their packages via the updater GUI or “pc-updatemanager” utility to be brought up to date with RC1. Updates for users on the 10.1.2 / PRODUCTION repo will be available once 10.2-RELEASE is announced.
10.2-RC1 DVD/USB media can be downloaded from the following URL via HTTP or Torrent. http://download.pcbsd.org/iso/10.2-RELEASE/edge/amd64/
Found a bug in 10.2? Please report it (with as much detail as possible) to our bugs database. https://bugs.pcbsd.org
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:
- 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!
- 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).
- Change the Lumina OSD to a different widget – allowing it to be shown much faster.
- 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).
- 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.
The next version of the Lumina Desktop Environment is now available! This version includes a significant number of updates, particularly to the main desktop session/interface, so I highly recommend that you update to the new version as soon as possible. While the full list of changes is posted at the bottom of the announcement, there are a few that I want to highlight here:
- The user button has received a significant speed boost, and can now be used for full browsing of the user’s home directory (files and directories).
- Desktop icons have received a large number of changes in styling, amount of visible text, and functionality. There is also a new feature to automatically generate plugins for items in the user’s Desktop directory – where each plugin may be individually moved/changed (not trapped within a container like the “desktopview” plugin).
- A new desktop plugin for monitoring the system hardware status (memory/CPU usage, CPU temperature, disk I/O). This functionality requires support for your particular OS, and is currently only available for: PC-BSD, FreeBSD, and Debian
- Lumina has now been fully translated to German, Russian, and Spanish, and almost-completely translated to Catalan (89%), Chinese (61%), Estonian (53%), Indonesian (76%), Polish (89%), Portuguese (89%), Portuguese-Brazilian (89%), Swedish (91%), and Turkish (88%). Thank you to all our translators for all your hard work!!
- To install the translation files on PC-BSD/FreeBSD, you will need to install the (new) x11/lumina-i18n port/package. These translations files are located in the lumina-i18n repository on GitHub, if you wish to package up the translations for your particular OS/distribution as well. Details about how to install those translation files are listed in the repository information.
- To contribute to the translation effort, you may create an account on the PC-BSD translation website and get started today!
- PC-BSD users currently running the EDGE package repo will be able to update their packages via the updater GUI or “pc-updatemanager” utility within the next couple days. Updates for users on the PC-BSD 10.1.2 / PRODUCTION repo will be available once 10.2-RELEASE is available later this year.
- FreeBSD users may now update Lumina directly from the FreeBSD ports tree (x11/lumina), or wait until the FreeBSD package repository is updated with the latest changes before updating with pkg.
- For other Linux/BSD users, please contact the packaging team for your distribution/OS to determine the availability of pre-built packages.
- The Lumina-DE source repository is available on GitHub, and contains a detailed list of instructions on how to build/install Lumina on various types of systems.
- A static archive of the sources for this release may also be downloaded directly from GitHub, to aid in the creation/distribution of pre-built packages for your particular OS.
- Found a bug in Lumina 0.8.5? Please report it (with as much detail as possible) to our bugs database. https://bugs.pcbsd.org
- The new system for desktop plugin settings requires that any desktop plugins will be reset back to defaults on upgrade to this version of Lumina.
- There is a known bug/conflict between Qt 5.4+ and Fluxbox 1.3.7 which results in the “close” button on unlocked desktop plugins having no effect when clicked. To work around this issue, you may right-click on the title for the plugin and select the “close” option from the menu to remove the desktop plugin. Alternatively, you may also remove desktop plugins from the Lumina configuration utility (lumina-config).
- IRC: #pcbsd and #Lumina-DE channels on Freenode
- Email: The PC-BSD mailing lists
- GitHub: The Lumina-DE source repository
The PC-BSD project is pleased to announce the availability of two new testing images: 10.2-PRERELEASE and 11.0-CURRENTJULY2015.
WARNING: These images are considered “bleeding-edge” and should be treated as such.
The DVD/USB ISO files can now be downloaded from the following URLs:
This is a great way to test features and report bugs well before the release cycle begins for the next major releases.
To report bugs in PC-BSD, use https://bugs.pcbsd.org.
To report FreeBSD / Port / Kernel / World bugs, use https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi.
To update from 10.1-RELEASE:
# pc-updatemanager chbranch 10.2-RELEASE
# pc-updatemanager chbranch 11.0-CURRENTJULY2015
This process will take a while, downloading new packages / world / kernel for the system. When done you can reboot, and the updater will finish up the update process.