Category Archives: RELEASE

Lumina Desktop 0.8.2 Released!

The next version of the Lumina desktop environment has just been released! Version 0.8.2 is mainly a “spit-and-polish” release: focusing on bugfixes, overall appearances, and interface layout/design. The FreeBSD port has already been updated to the new version, and the PC-BSD “Edge” repository will be making the new version available within the next day or two (packages building now). If you are creating/distributing your own packages, you can find the source code for this release in the “qt5/0.8.2″ branch in the Lumina repository on GitHub.

The major difference that people will notice is that the themes/colors distributed with the desktop have been greatly improved, and I have included a few examples below. The full details about the changes in this release are listed at the bottom of the announcement.

Reminder: The Lumina desktop environment is still considered to be “beta-quality”, so if you find things that either don’t work or don’t work well, please report them on the PC-BSD bug tracker so that they can get fixed as soon as possible.

 

Click to view slideshow.

 

Changes from 0.8.1 -> 0.8.2:

New Utility: “lumina-info”
  • This utility provides basic information about the current version of the Lumina desktop as well as link to various information online (source repository, list of contributors, bug tracker, etc…).
Theming:
  • New Color Scheme: PCBSD10-Default (the default for new PC-BSD users)
  • Lumina-[Red/Green/Gold/Purple] color schemes updated.
  • “Lumina-Default” and “None” theme templates updated significantly.
  • Make it easier for a distributor to set a default theme/color by just supplying the name instead of the full path (since paths can be different on different OS’s)
  • Fix issue with some fonts not loading properly.
  • Distinguish between “Save” and “Apply” in the theme template editor (“Save” to update the file but keep the editor open, “Apply” to update the file and close the editor). This makes it much easier to test changes to the current theme template as you don’t need to close/re-open the editor to try it out.
  • Add the ability to distinguish between transparent/opaque desktop plugins in the theme template.
Configuration Utility Changes:
  • Add a new dialog for selecting plugins of all kinds. This makes it easier to browse through and read the descriptions of the plugins before actually selecting one.
  • Re-arrange the interface quite a bit. Now the general page arrangements make much more sense (Appearance [wallpaper/theme], Interface [desktop/panels], Applications [auto-start/file defaults], Shortcuts, Session [general options/window system] )
  • Add the ability to set your preferred time/date format(s) in the general session options.
  • Add the ability to reset your preferred file manager/terminal/web browser/email client back to defaults.
Insight File Manager Changes:
  • Make all the file operations happen in a separate thread (does not lock the UI any more).
  • Clean up the detection routine for Qt-editable files (for rotating images in the slideshow in particular).
  • When removing a file in the slideshow, make it simply go to the next/previous image instead of the beginning of the list.
  • Make the ZFS snapshot search functionality a lot faster if just refreshing the current directory.
Desktop Session Changes:
  • For vertical panels, have the clock plugin try to use vertical space instead of horizontal.
  • Clean up a few desktop plugin stability issues.
  • Streamline the session cleanup functionality.
  • Fix some issues with 2nd panel functionality.
  • Reduce the number of backend filesystem watchers (only one per session instead of one per screen now).
Lumina Search Changes:
  • When searching for files/directories, make the initial starting point user-configurable as well as add the ability to exclude directories from the search routine (also configurable by the user).

So how is FreeBSD 9 shaping up?

It's still early to talk about FreeBSD 9.0 release but so far there have been some interesting developments in the systems and a nice core featureset is shaping up. I'm still maintaining the "What's cooking" page and this post is basically an (incomplete) summary of it at this point in time.

Of course, in addition to these features, there are non-stop modifications to all parts of the system, from drivers for new hardware to overall performance enhancements.

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[CFT] KDE SC 4.4.0 for FreeBSD.

Hello Internet,

We the FreeBSD KDE Team are happy to let you know KDE SC 4.4.0 was
released few mins ago, and we’re ready for a public test. Before
you ask we don’t want to put KDE 4.4.0 in the ports tree before
FreeBSD 7.3 was released.

What is new:
KDE SC 4.4.0 provide many new features, designed to integrate
local and network social services .. and a lot more. The official
release notes for this release can be found at
http://kde.org/announcements/4.4/

Now you can get KDE SC 4.4 with a svn checkout:

svn co http://area51.pcbsd.org/trunk/area51/PORTS
svn co http://area51.pcbsd.org/trunk/area51/KDE
svn co http://area51.pcbsd.org/trunk/area51/Tools/

now try:

sh Tools/scripts/portsmerge
sh Tools/scripts/kdemerge

Please read carefull /usr/ports/UPDATING-area51
http://area51.pcbsd.org/trunk/area51/UPDATING-area51

Happy Updating!!

[CFT] KDE SC 4.4.0 for FreeBSD.

Hello Internet, We the FreeBSD KDE Team are happy to let you know KDE SC 4.4.0 was released few mins ago, and we’re ready for a public test. Before you ask we don’t want to put KDE 4.4.0 in the ports tree before FreeBSD 7.3 was released. What is new: KDE SC 4.4.0 provide many new features, designed to integrate local and [...]

Firefox 3.6 for FreeBSD available

Firefox 3.6 was committed by beat@ latest night, we’re happy to got
all finish before the ports tree is going in the slush mode
to prepair packages for FreeBSD 7.3 Release. Please read careful
ports/UPDATING. We’d like to say thanks to all helpers and
submitters, and a special big thanks to nox for his great debug
session to fix our addon’s problem.

Firefox 3.6 for FreeBSD available

Firefox 3.6 was committed by beat@ latest night, we’re happy to got all finish before the ports tree is going in the slush mode to prepair packages for FreeBSD 7.3 Release. Please read careful ports/UPDATING. We’d like to say thanks to all helpers and submitters, and a special big thanks to nox for his great debug session to fix our [...]

FreeBSD RELENG_8 created

Yesterday Ken Smith created the RLENG_8, which is required before being able to release any 8.x version at all. This is the first step that will finally lead up to BETA3, after which RC1 is planned. Beta3 also marks the end of the “liberal” ‘ok we still allow some new features if they had previously been discussed’. No more new features will be inserted when BETA3 becomes live. I will try to make a nice list of what’s new for 8.0 the moment BETA3 is tagged. The release is one step closer again!