Install The Newly Released Lumina Desktop 1.1
This weekend saw a new release of the lightweight Qt-based desktop environment Lumina.
Lumina is targeted at BSD and not particularly Linux systems as it is based on Qt5 (sans QML) and the Fluxbox window manager. It makes use of a modular, plugin-based approach to its interface which allows for the desktop to be tweaked to each user’s taste.
Although the Lumina developer says it is “designed to work best with TrueOS”, such a FreeBSD Current based distribution (formerly known as PC-BSD) can be compiled and installed on almost any Linux distro, including Arch, Fedora, and of course, Ubuntu.
Lumina 1.1 — What’s New?
This Lumina 1.1 update is billed as a “significant update” as it features “new and fully reworked utilities, plus improvements to the underlying infrastructure”.
Lumen’s Insight File Manager now has a new Git menu (as long as Git is installed locally) with actions to clone and view a Git repo. There’s even a multithreaded backend in order for faster file indexing, a new file operations tray notification system, and a new directory viewing frontend.
Other changes include:
- New “lumina-calculator” app
- Start-lumina-desktop utility
- Reworked app list detection
- TextEdit app gains simpler find/replace options and improved syntax highlighting, etc.
Check out the full change-log for all releases on the Lumina website.
Installing Lumina 1.1 on Ubuntu
Lumina desktop is available to install on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS via a PPA. You should note that this PPA is not an official one and that it is maintained independently of the Lumina project.
To install it, run in a new Terminal window the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samoilov-lex/lumina-desktop
sudo apt update && sudo apt install lumina-desktop qterminal
This will cause a number of other dependencies to be pulled. What you should do is log out and, select the Lumina desktop session from the Unity Greeter — something might just load up.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t. You’ll see yourself right back at the Unity Greeter. Just select a different session (Unity, for example,) and log in.