This is the seventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II | part III | part IV | part V | part VI]. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms – things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts’ Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. In part VII, as promised in part VI, we focus completely on CDE, the Common Desktop Environment.
You’ve covered the efforts to remedy the closedness of CDE on OSNews before: http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=16158
http://www.marutan.net/cde/ has the news with regards to progress. Basically, a buyout a la Blender may be possible, if The Open Group can come up with a price.
If “CDE” were ever a “common usability term”, it would be a four letter word.