As version 1.3.0 of the Lumina desktop starts getting closer to release, I want to take a couple weeks and give you all some sneak peaks at some of the changes/updates that we have been working on (and are in the process of finishing up).

This week’s preview covers the new icon theme which will be distributed/used by default in the upcoming version of Lumina.

The “material-design-[light/dark]” themes[1] are collections of ~800 SVG icons (each) from the Google “material design” application icon theme[2] plus some of the “Templarian” additions[3] to the material design icon pack.

What we have done is take those two foundational icon packs and just rename the icon files to make them conform to the XDG icon naming standards (plus some index files and such for standards compliance). The “dark” variation is a copy of the “light” theme, but with the default fill color for the icons switched from black to white (for use with darker desktop themes).

There are a lot more icons available in the reference icon packs which we still have not gotten around to renaming yet, but this initial version satifies all the XDG standards for an icon theme + all the extra icons needed for Lumina and it’s utilities + a large number of additional icons for application use.

Here are some screenshots of the icon themes and how they compare to the old “oxygen” icon theme that Lumina has been using:


Note: All the screenshots below are using the “DarkGlass” desktop theme, and the “Black” color profile. These selections as well as the icon theme selection are all easily accessible via the “Interface Appearance” -> “Themes” section of the Lumina configuration utility.


Just for comparison, here is a screenshot of my development laptop with the “oxygen” icon theme turned on for everything.


This next screenshot has the “material-design-dark” icons turned on for the desktop, and the “material-design-light” icons used for the applications (using the qt5ct theme engine).


The last screenshot uses the “material-design-dark” icons for both desktop and applications, and I also took 5 minutes to tweak the color palette for Qt5 applications (via qt5ct) to use darker colors for almost everything.



As you can see, this makes a very nice difference in the appearance of the desktop (if you happen to like dark themes as I do) and you can perform similar adjustments on your system in just a few minutes. This highlights one the big things that I love about Lumina: it gives you an interface that is custom-tailored to YOUR needs/wants – rather than expecting YOU to change your routines to accomodate how some random developer/designer across the world thinks everybody should use a computer.