Lumina® offers a wide variety of plugins which allow the user to customize their desktop experience. Plugins are divided between context menu, desktop, and floating panel plugins.
4.2. Desktop Plugins¶
Desktop plugins adds icons or widgets for display on the main screen of the Lumina® Desktop Environment. Click on the default start menu in the lower left of the main desktop screen, then click.
This is the primary menu for configuring desktop plugins, seen in Figure 4.2.1. Click the plus to open a Select Plugin window. The user can choose between the available plugins by opening the drop-down menu and clicking the desired plugin. Once a plugin is chosen, it appears in the Embedded Utilities window.
The Display Desktop Folder Contents option is used to
display each item stored in
~/Desktop as an icon on the desktop.
By default, this option is selected. Click this option then
Save to remove the icons for the contents of
~/Desktop from the desktop. To define a smaller area on the
desktop for displaying icons, use the Desktop Icons View plugin.
Once all desired plugins are added, click Save in the upper right section. The menu automatically implements any changes to the desktop plugins.
There are numerous plugins in the desktop category, listed in alphabetical order.
4.2.1. Application Launcher¶
Choosing the Application Launcher plugin opens the window seen in Figure 4.2.2. This drop down menu allows the user to choose a specific application to add to the desktop.
4.2.2. Audio Player¶
The Audio Player plugin, seen in Figure 4.2.3, plays user added lists of audio files. Pressing the wrench in the upper left corner opens an options menu to clear or shuffle the playlist.
The green plus gives the user options to add files, a directory, or URL to the playlist. Toggle play in the lower left corner of the plugin in order to start/stop an audio file. In the upper right corner, forward and back allow the user to skip to the next song or return to the previous one. Click the currently playing file to open a drop down menu of all added audio files.
This calendar plugin, seen in Figure 4.2.4, will display a calendar set to the current month and day. The arrows in the upper left and right of the plugin allow the user to view previous or upcoming months. If available, the user can also use their mouse to hover over the calendar and then scroll up or down through the calendar.
4.2.4. Desktop Icons View¶
This plugin, seen in Figure 4.2.5, defines an area on the desktop to display icons. If enough icons are added to the plugin, a scroll bar appears for the user to scroll through all available icons.
4.2.5. Note Pad¶
Note Pad, seen in Figure 4.2.6, adds a
simple text editor widget to the desktop. The user needs to create or
open a note before they can type a message. Notes default to the .note
text format and are saved in
Clicking the down arrow in the upper-right corner displays a number of
- Open Text File: Allows the user to browse through their directories to open a .note or other text file.
- Create a Note: Creates a new note; a unique name is required.
- Rename Note: Renames the currently open note.
- Delete Note: Immediately deletes the displayed note.
4.2.6. RSS Reader¶
RSS Reader, seen in Figure 4.2.7, displays connected RSS feeds. The user can add their own custom RSS feeds to the plugin, but the default feed displayed is the Lumina® Desktop Environment blog. Click the dropdown menu to choose which RSS feed to display. The down arrow in the upper right corner opens a list of options:
- Add RSS Feed: An option to allow the user to type in their own RSS URL or load a preset RSS Feed.
- View Feed Details: Displays current feed data, including URL, feed description and website address, and the previous build date and synchronization settings. Also included is an option to remove the feed.
- Settings: Options for syncing the feed. Manual synchronization is available, or the user can instead define the sync interval. Remember to save any changes in feed settings.
- Update Feeds Now: Click to immediately update all feeds.
An active Internet connection is required for the RSS Reader plugin to function properly.
Click the blue globe to open the default web browser at the feed’s associated website.
4.2.7. System Monitor¶
The Summary tab of the System Monitor plugin, seen in Figure 4.2.8. CPU Temperature (in Celsius), CPU Usage, and Memory Usage are displayed. Currently, there are no other options to display in the system monitor aside from these statistics and the read/write speed monitor, shown next.
The Disk I/O tab of the System Monitor plugin. Displayed are the current read and write speeds of the connected hardware, which in Figure 4.2.9 is a hard drive and cd player.
4.3. Floating Panel Plugins¶
Panels are a completely customizable option for Lumina® users. By default, Lumina® users have one panel stretched across the bottom of the primary screen and one smaller pop-up panel in the top middle of the primary screen. To adjust the default panels and add plugins, click the start menu and navigate Figure 4.3.1.. For demonstration purposes, a simple panel centered at the top of a secondary screen was utilized to show the various plugins listed below. The settings for this panel are pictured in
Panel 1 is configured to the top center of Monitor 1 (plugged into DVI-I-0). To add or adjust plugins for this panel, click the green puzzle piece to open the menu seen in Figure 4.3.2.
The large field shows currently active plugins. Click the red minus or green plus buttons to add or remove plugins to the panel. Use the arrow keys to alter the display order of attached plugins. By default, plugins will populate horizontal panels from left to right, and vertical panels from top to bottom. All the plugins available for panel plugins are listed below.
4.3.1. Panel Application Launcher¶
When you select this plugin, seen in Figure 4.3.3, it will prompt to select the application to launch. This will add a shortcut for launching the selected application to the panel.
4.3.3. Audio Player (Panel)¶
The panel audio player is identical to the desktop Audio Player, except the player is on the chosen panel.
4.3.4. Battery Monitor¶
Hover over this icon (not pictured) to view the current charge status of the battery. When the charge reaches 15% or below, the low battery icon flashes intermittently. At 5% charge remaining, a low battery icon displays and a warning noise plays.
4.3.5. Desktop Bar¶
This plugin adds shortcuts to the panel for applications or files
contained within the
~/Desktop folder or favorited by the user,
seen in Figure 4.3.5. The Star
button displays applications, the folder button displays
folders, and the file button shows favorite files.
Adds a separator line to the panel to provide visual separation between plugins, highlighted in Figure 4.3.6. When adding a line plugin in the Panel Plugins Menu, be sure to use the arrow buttons in the bottom-right corner of the window to place the line entry between the plugins to be separated.
4.3.8. Show Desktop¶
This button, seen in Figure 4.3.7, immediately hides all open windows on all active monitors so only the desktop is visible. This is useful for touch screens or small devices.
4.3.11. System Dashboard¶
The System Dashboard plugin, seen in Figure 4.3.10, is a convenient shortcut to view or modify a number of basic settings. The system volume and screen brightness can be manually adjusted higher or lower, and it is possible to toggle between virtual workspaces with the left and right arrows. A Log Out button has also been added for additional convenience. If the system has a battery, its current charge will also be displayed.
Adjusting the screen brightness on a multi-monitor system alters both monitors.
4.3.12. System Tray¶
Provides an area on the panel for dockable applications, seen in Figure 4.3.11. Applications can be sent to this area on a per-application basis, but only one system tray plugin can be active at a time. By default, the active system tray will be the one on the lowest number monitor and panel. For example, when adding the system tray plugin to monitor zero, panel one and again to monitor one, panel one, only the system tray on monitor zero will be active. Disabling the system tray on monitor zero activates the tray on monitor one, automatically migrating any docked applications to the other panel.
4.3.13. Task Manager Plugin (No Groups)¶
Ensures that every window gets its own button on the panel. This plugin, seen in Figure 4.3.12, uses a large amount of space on the panel, as every window displays part of its title. This plugin is added to the default panel for Lumina®.
4.3.14. Task Manager Plugin¶
Figure 4.3.13 shows three open terminal windows grouped into one minimal panel entry with (3) displayed next to the terminal icon.
The grouping task manager displays windows in the panel as well. Its primary function is to group windows by application, saving more space on the panel. This manager also does not typically display window titles on the panel, saving additional space.
Displays the current time and date. A basic clock is added to the panel; clicking it opens the calendar, seen in Figure 4.3.14, which highlights the current date. Click the arrows in the top corners to look back or ahead in the calendar. Click Time Zone to adjust the displayed time.