Version 1.0.0 Released 23

After roughly four years of development, I am pleased to announce the first official release of the Lumina desktop environment! This release is an incredible realization of the initial idea of Lumina – a simple and unobtrusive desktop environment meant for users to configure to match their individual needs. I hope you all enjoy it, and I look forward to working with all of you on the next iterations of this desktop!

~ Ken Moore ~



  • For Users
    • Completely customizable interface! Rather than having to learn how to use a new layout, change the desktop to suit you instead!
    • Simple shortcuts for any application! The “favorites” system makes it easy to find and launch applications at any time.
    • Extremely lightweight! Allows applications to utilize more of your system hardware and revitalizes older systems!
    • Multiple-monitor support! Each monitor is treated as an independent entity – making it great for presentation systems which use a temporary monitor or for workstations which utilize an array of monitors for various tasks.
  • For System Administrators
    • Personalize the initial settings for users with a single configuration file!
      • Default applications
      • Appearance settings (Theme, Colors, Wallpaper(s), Icons, Fonts, etc)
      • Interface layout (desktop icons/plugins, panels, etc)
      • Favorite apps/files
      • and more!
    • Provides a stable and consistent experience across updates. Cut down on your support time for end-user systems!
  • For System Builders
    • Easily ported to various operating systems (OS), with various optional features setup within a single source file for each OS. Already ported to:
      • BSD OS’s: TrueOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonflyBSD, NetBSD
      • Linux OS’s: Debian, Gentoo, kFreeBSD, generic “Linux”
    • Easily add customized config files for your OS (wallpaper, interface settings, etc).
    • Minimal dependencies
      • Qt5.2+, Fluxbox, xscreensaver, XCB libraries, other small OS utilities as needed.


The Lumina desktop takes a “hands-off” approach to the utilities that are installed for users, allowing system administrators or operating system distributors to decide which applications are pre-installed or required as necessary. This allows the creation of systems which are fine-tuned for a particular task in an extremely short amount of time, and helps prevent a horde of disused applications from existing on user systems.

There are a few optional utilities which are developed in conjunction with the Lumina desktop and these utilities may be pre-installed alongside the Lumina desktop on various operating systems. These utilities are:

  • The “Insight” file manager (“lumina-fm” binary name). This is used to browse the system files, view slideshows of images, play multimedia files, and browse/restore files from ZFS snapshots.
  • lumina-fileinfo (binary name). This is used to view file properties or modify “*.desktop ” shortcuts.
  • lumina-screenshot (binary name). This is used to take screenshots of either the whole screen, individual monitors, or individual applications.
  • lumina-textedit (binary name). This is a simple plaintext editor with some additional features like multi-tab support, syntax highlighting, line numbers, and find/replace functionality. (NOTE: If installed, this utility may also be invoked from the command line through the “lte” symlink).


All translations for this version of Lumina are available on the lumina-i18n github repository, and feature the following locales (in no particular order):

  • Fully Translated:
    • Turkish (tr)
    • Swedish (sv)
    • Spanish (es)
    • Russian (ru)
    • Latvian (lv)
    • Japanese (ja)
    • German (de)
    • Catalan (ca)
    • Bulgarian (bg)
  • Mostly Translated (90%+):
    • Italian (it, 99%)
    • English – United Kingdom (en_GB, 99%)
    • Polish (pl, 92%)
  • And 15 other locales in various states of completion (10-80%)


For additional details or information about the Lumina desktop environment, please take a look at the handbook. This will show you how to configure the desktop, view and change plugins, and much more!

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23 thoughts on “Version 1.0.0 Released

  • Frenetic penguin

    Please add at least one screenshot to this page and update the gallery with more. 🙂

    • Ken Moore Post author

      I just added a couple more screenshots to the gallery for 1.0.0
      Remember that a screenshot only shows ONE configuration of Lumina, the entire interface can be re-arranged/designed in minutes or less to suit each individual users’s preferences. Screenshots only give a tiny glimpse into the possibilities for desktop configuration/layout.

  • MaybeBlind

    A classic case of “Visual blindness”.
    I mean its just a DE you are releasing, why should there be screenshots its not visual by any means..

    • Ken Moore Post author

      There is already a large “Screenshots” button at the top of the website if you are looking for some examples of what the desktop looks like.

  • uFreeBSD/kFreeBSD user

    kFreeBSD is a “Linux OS”? I am running quite a funny system then, the kFreeBSD Linux kernel with a FreeBSD userland. Let’s call it uFreeBSD/kFreeBSD Linux!

    • Ken Moore Post author

      kFreeBSD is an interesting hybrid – so I simply put it under the “Linux” category because it was not one of the main BSD OS’s.

  • Greg Zeng

    ” … current CPU/Memory/Temperature of the system … ”
    From the very first status report: Lumina Desktop 0.8.5 Released, 15 Jul, 2015 in Uncategorized by Admin

    Also shown there: “… widget for managing panels – allowing up to 12 panels per screen … ”

    Newborn noobs will enjoy Lumina DE, because they know nothing else. But the ones like myself need to know how & why this new DE is different ant better than the existing Des. Can anyone explain this to us? Writing that it is easier for the coders of the new DE … (believe it, or not) … Is not good enough.

    Afaik it is not loaded with the expensive overheads of compiz, etc? How is it different to XFCE, AfterStep
    Awesome, Blackbox, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Consort, dwm, Enlightenment, Equinox, Fluxbox, flwm, FVWM, GNOME, Hackedbox, i3, IceWM, ion, JWM, KDE, KDE Plasma, Kodi (XBMC), Lesstif, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Maynard, Metacity, Mezzo, …. Etc ?

    • Ken Moore Post author

      A release announcment is not really a place to write up compare/contrast with similar utilities, but here are a couple quick summaries:
      Lumina is a “from-scratch” implementation of a desktop environment (following the XDG specifications) using pure Qt5 (I.E. it does not use any libraries/utilities from other common/bloated DE’s, such as compiz). This allows for an extremely responsive, lightweight, and stable desktop. The *only* major external utilities which are needed are Fluxbox (used for the window management only) and xscreensaver (for screensaver support), and even those tools are on the chopping block for version 2.0 as we are working on a integrated WM/DE/Screensaver which will eliminate the security holes inherent in a multi-process array of utilities used for managing the graphical session.
      Also note that many of the tools you mentioned are *just* window managers, not desktop environments (they do not follow all the XDG specs for graphical user interaction with the system and often requiring regular manual intervention on the command line to do things like update a menu or launch an application).
      Here are a couple quick differences from Lumina:

      – Lumina is run as a single binary (no bouncing of messages between disparate utilities through an inefficient system like DBUS just to keep the desktop functional)
      – The Lumina interface is completely configurable (XFCE is only one I know of which tries to do something similar, but there you have to worry about whether any of the plugins/utilities will crash the desktop due to incompatibilities – Lumina does not have this issue by using collections of compiled-in plugins instead).

      If you want more details about differences, hit up the IRC channel sometime and people can talk to you in person about more specifics.

      • Mohammad S. Babaei

        Thank you so much Ken. Great job and keep up the good work. I’ve been constantly checking out Lumina since its early development until it finally replaced my Xfce as of v0.9 and I already feel very productive in it. Today I updated my FreeBSD ports and noticed the upgrade to v1.0. I even feel more comfortable in it. Each release of Lumina was a huge step toward a pure BSD DE. It finally put and end to the nightmare that Linux DE’s imposed on us all. A real lightweight and responsive DE that *BSDs deserved, always.


  • arthur

    I can’t find the download link to the Live ISO file. Obviously, there has to be an oversight of some kind…

    • Ken Moore Post author

      This is just a desktop environment, not an operating system – so of course there is no ISO for it. A desktop environment is just one component which may be used to turn an OS into a graphical system.

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