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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Nice, but not very exciting
by Loreia on Mon 6th Aug 2012 09:46 UTC
Loreia
Member since:
2012-01-17

As someone who is still using CDE on Solaris 10 at work I read this article with a smile on my face, but I don't see anything particularly useful that might come out of this.

Is there anyone out there interested to do something with the code. Improve it? Make it look modern? Or at least make not look like an ugliest DE in the history*. Probably not.

*I am not complaining about the ugliness of CDE. It is a great, stable DE, that keeps my sessions working flawlessly for weeks or months with zero issues. It is not supposed to look pretty, and I am so used to look at those ugly windows borders, I would probably refuse to use any modern version for the simple reason of "it being too pretty". Ugliness of CDE gives me confidence of its stability :-))

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quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Didn't think it ugly at all, not saying it couldn't have been improved but at the time I wished it worked on windows as well. Not sure I wouldn't now.

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RE: Nice, but not very exciting
by dpeterc on Tue 7th Aug 2012 14:02 in reply to "Nice, but not very exciting"
dpeterc Member since:
2007-09-08

It could be improved with antialiased fonts and UTF-8 support, which are all available in OpenMotif.
I think that would be a plus in usability without introducing any bloat.

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zizban Member since:
2005-07-06

There is experiment support for that in CDE right now:
https://sourceforge.net/p/cdesktopenv/wiki/FontsWithXFT/

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