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[3]: How about apps?
by moondevil on Mon 6th Aug 2012 20:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How about apps?"
moondevil
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2005-07-08

What?!

Motif is older than Windows.

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RE[4]: How about apps?
by tylerdurden on Mon 6th Aug 2012 21:06 in reply to "RE[3]: How about apps?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Nope, Presentation Manager predates Motif by a few years. Motif was developed as a partnership between several vendors (HP and Digital mainly) and Microsoft, the goal was to have a consistent look and feel between Windows/OS2 and Unix machines. At least that was the "theory," the end result was a dreadful mess of a toolkit.

I think it is ironic to see people praising Motif/CDE, given how much it kinda stunk during its heyday.

Edited 2012-08-06 21:07 UTC

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RE[5]: How about apps?
by bverheg on Wed 8th Aug 2012 17:59 in reply to "RE[4]: How about apps?"
bverheg Member since:
2012-08-08

From the Motif FAQ: Motif is a widely-accepted set of user interface guidelines developed by the Open Software Foundation (OSF) around 1989 which specifies how an X Window System application should "look and feel".

From Wikipedia: The Open Software Foundation (OSF) was a not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 under the U.S. National Cooperative Research Act of 1984 to create an open standard for an implementation of the UNIX operating system. The foundation's original sponsoring members were Apollo Computer, Groupe Bull, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Nixdorf Computer, and Siemens AG.

While Presentation Manager (1988) predates Motif with a year, the first usable Windows version (3.0) only came in 1990.

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