The Luminance Desktop aims to be the premier open source educational desktop. It will be comprised of many other open source projects. The luminance desktop does not aim to reinvent the wheel and rewrite every single application. Rather its goals is to create uniformity and ease of use to the a small subset of users, students and teachers. All software forming the luminance desktop will be Open Source, in order to promote the Open Source philosophy. The priorities of the project are ease of installation, ease of networking, functional for educational tasks, speed of operation and reliability. The Luminance Desktop is not solely software it is also hardware specifications, naming conventions, administrative conventions and networking conventions. However, the Luminance Desktop does not aim to take the educational world by storm and therefore promotes interoperability and standards compliance. Luminance will adhere to already existing standards whenever possible.