Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 00:00 UTC
X11, Window Managers We have some very good news for those of us with a love for the Common Desktop Environment. I'm a huge fan of CDE - I've even dedicated an article to it - so I'm excited about this. CDE has been released as open source under the LGPL, and can be downloaded as of today for Debian and Ubuntu. Motif will follow later.
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RE: Appreciation for CDE, OpenVMS
by Doc Pain on Mon 6th Aug 2012 20:14 UTC in reply to "Appreciation for CDE, OpenVMS"
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Does this mean I'll use it now? No -- XFCE, which has a lot more mindshare, does the job for me, and there are many GTK apps I would miss (e.g., Firefox).

Years ago, I had some customers insisting on having their well-known CDE environment "somehow" on their new Linux and BSD workstations. I ended up installing XFCE 3 for them, and with some tweaking (especially colors and some menu editing), I was told that that was exactly what they've looked for. The system was later on changed by replacing lots of workstations with thin clients (using X11 networking sessions). That solution was "exactly like" what they knew from their former Solaris environment, even though they did use quite different programs (leaving XFCE to serve as window manager and program launcher).

Sadly, this solution seems to be impossible now as XFCE 3 isn't supported anymure (due to the death of Gtk 1), and Xfce 4 (using Gtk 2) is much more "too different". I still have a 300 MHz system running BSD with XFCE 3, office programs and multimedia stuff. Unbreakable. :-)

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