The Lumina desktop was just given it’s first semi-official review by the guys over at MakeTechEasier. While I am a bit surprised at this (given that Lumina 0.8.6 is still technically an incomplete beta), they actually gave it a full go-through on Debian Linux and seemed to be quite impressed at it’s current state:
For small, old, or purposefully lightweight systems, Lumina is one excellent choice for a desktop environment. It is probably less well known then some others but definitely easier to use than similarly lightweight window managers. Lumina is super light and very customisable. The modular plug-in based approach makes it possible to have it as stripped down or (relatively) feature rich as the user likes. Although some features might look unfamiliar at first, especially for someone coming form a heavier or different environment, Lumina makes configuration not only straightforward but intuitive as well.
Additionally, an article I wrote about the basis of the Lumina desktop environment was just published in this month’s issue of BSD Magazine. This magazine is available free of charge (you just need to register an email account with them first), so I recommend that you check it out!
Here is a brief description of the article:
The Lumina Desktop Environment is a new, BSD-licensed, graphical system environment which is designed primarily for BSD and UNIX-based operating systems. This focus on BSD systems results in a number of distinct differences from the current collection of Linux-focus desktop environments, only one of which is independent from all the Linux-based system management frameworks. Ken, in his article, will explain a bit of the history behind the Lumina desktop, the foundations of its design philosophy, the internal operating system support framework, the current status of the project, and the goals/ timeline for the project to achieve an official (non-beta) release.