Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Nov 2007 23:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the seventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II | part III | part IV | part V | part VI]. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. In part VII, as promised in part VI, we focus completely on CDE, the Common Desktop Environment.
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Yay CDE!
by S.SubZero on Mon 26th Nov 2007 03:56 UTC
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I've been fooling with virtualization lately and one of my favorite tests.. is Solaris 10. After spending a little time with the "Java Desktop System" (aka outdated Gnome) I decided to try CDE, and I fell in love. It's brutally utilitarian, minimal, and bland. It's exactly what I wanted. Of course my needs are pretty simple, and I can easily see if I was doing more complex stuff how CDE would probably become a hassle, but for just web browsing, tinkering in a terminal, or "I wonder what this does.." it does the job with awesome pink/purple colored borders.

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