A brand new version of the Qt-based Lumina desktop environment has been released with more improvements and changes.
Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qtn and uses Fluxbox for window management.
Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora and Arch.
Let’s see the new changes and improvements:
New theming engine
The most important and major feature in Lumina 1.4 is the “Lumina theme engine”, which ships as part of the core desktop package. This engine brings new theming capabilities to the desktop and Qt5 apps, and helps in ensuring a consistent look and feel.
New PDF viewer
It’s unusual for a new version of Lumina to arrive without a new app in town, and this update is no exception. Lumina 1.4 introduces a new document viewer called lumina-pdf.
Like most apps for this DE the new PDF viewer is a standalone utility. It makes use of the poppler-qt5 library for rendering documents, and uses multi-threading to speed up the loading of pages.
Few Other Changes
The lumina-config app now has options for changing system sounds (login, logout, low battery, etc).
The lumina-mediaplayer is now able to play local video files in addition to local audio files.
Multi-threading support is included in lumina file manager which makes the loading of directories much faster.
The file manager also gains an option to launch a new instance as root user.
Improves the “open with…” menu item.
Adds an action to set an image file as the desktop wallpaper.
Can Lumina Desktop be Installed on Ubuntu?
Yes, Lumina Desktop environment can be installed on Ubunutu,but it’s not easy.
You can download source code for the latest stable release from the Lumina website.
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