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[2]: Comment by marcp
by kaiwai on Mon 6th Aug 2012 13:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

Just because it's old doesn't mean it doesn't have good ideas. You reference Mac OS 8/9 - for me, that interface, Platinum, is miles and miles ahead of whatever UI disaster Apple is using now. Platinum was designed with usability in mind, it was consistent and logical. Mac OS X, on the other hand, is Microsoft BOB with garish skeuomorphic crap and incredibly inconsistent.

Old != bad. Platinum > Aqua.


They pretty much all suck these days - for me Mac OS X is the best of the worst and that isn't saying much for any of them to be quite frank. Having used IRIX owns desktop along with CDE on Solaris I would sooner the effort go into reviving and adding functionality to CDE than what seems to be the wasted effort by the two major desktops hauling along the monstrous memory hogging crap they call 'features' or stripping out preferences for the sake of 'ease of use' aka GNOME.

What would I like to see?

1) CDE based configuration tools - networking configuration tools, video card settings etc.
2) Getting the major software titles like Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and so on to use OpenMotif - get some consistency.
3) Porting it to Wayland but ideally I'd like to see something better than Wayland so that other operating systems aren't left out in the cold - yes, I am a FreeBSD fan.
4) Niceties of modern desktops such as anti-aliased fonts etc.

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by tylerdurden on Mon 6th Aug 2012 18:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

So basically you just want to keep reinventing the wheel....

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RE[4]: Comment by marcp
by kaiwai on Mon 6th Aug 2012 22:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by marcp"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

No, we already have a wheel - it's called CDE but the children are hell bent on going their separate ways re-inventing wheel with all the faults of the original design.

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