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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great! my favorite desktop!!
by sergio on Mon 6th Aug 2012 00:40 UTC
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

I used CDE for years in a Sun Blade workstation running Solaris 8 and I loved it. It was really nice and fast.

I think that many ideas from CDE are cool even today, iconification of running applications is one of them (similar to Windows 3.1 but better).

Unfortunately GNOME became the "de facto" standard of the majority of unix desktops (Solaris included) and CDE didn't get any major improvement since then.

I hope open source put CDE back at the top. :-)

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joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

I used CDE for years in a Sun Blade workstation running Solaris 8 and I loved it. It was really nice and fast.

I think that many ideas from CDE are cool even today, iconification of running applications is one of them (similar to Windows 3.1 but better).

Unfortunately GNOME became the "de facto" standard of the majority of unix desktops (Solaris included) and CDE didn't get any major improvement since then.

I hope open source put CDE back at the top. :-)


I always liked CDE, and this is positive news. It's been over a decade since you could purchase it for Linux/FreeBSD. There has recently been an effort to create an open-source clone, which has been decently supported on FreeBSD.

Regarding the UI, CDE is a stable environment, and I always thought iconify to desktop was superior to a taskbar. If I could design a modern desktop, it would largely resemble the CDE layout, with live thumbnails of the minimized apps as opposed to fixed icons.

I don't know how much traction this will gain, except for nostalgic users. The beauty is, we have the option to keep using it.

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zizban Member since:
2005-07-06

Hi, I am the documentation lead for the CDE project.

The people behind OpenCDE are involved with CDE as well. A FreeBSD port is in progress.

There is an issue with dthello that is making it impossible for it to run on other distributions other than Debain Squeeze and Ubuntu. It's related to rpcbind and it's being worked on.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

My first experience with it was on an AIX workstation donated to the IT lab when I was in college. I was one of the few students with prior *nix experience so the lab manager asked me to help him with setting it up. It was a blast! Until then I had only worked with FVWM, blackbox and twm and I loved CDE's approach to desktop management.

I suppose that's why I took so well to Xfce when I switched to it from Gnome so many years later.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Question: As someone who never used CDE back in the day I have to ask, other than nostalgia of course...why would anyone care now?

After all it isn't like there isn't tons and tons of DEs to choose from now in FOSS, your KDEs, GNOMEs, XFCE, E17, LXDE,JWM, etc, you have so many choices and all of them frankly are so much better supported and so far ahead i just have to ask what the point is of wasting time and resources on something so...well old.

So while i'm all for there being more stuff to play with I just don't get the point of trying to bring truly ancient history back from the dead. To me it always made about as much sense as trying to run a new machine with Win95, we've just come so far from those days other than strictly nostalgia I just don't get it.

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wigry Member since:
2008-10-09

You might as well ask why there are so many people using FVWM? Again very ancient desktop.

I personally fr example have turned all my Windows 7 installations tio basically Windows 2000 desktops. All themes and other bling off.

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